, Volume 70, Issue 4, pp 399–404 | Cite as

A new long-leaved species of Asplundia (Cyclanthaceae) from Colombia

  • Dino Tuberquia
  • Eduardo da Silva LealEmail author


A new species of Asplundia from the Cordillera Central in Colombia is described and illustrated. Asplundia callejasii is placed in A. subg. Asplundia, based on the morphology of the staminate flowers. The most distinctive characteristic of A. callejasii is its long leaves, with the blade unicostate, oblanceolate, shallowly divided, and very lustrous, with the plicate nerves forming roughly 45° angles with the midrib. These features give it a unique aspect that sets it apart from any other species within the family.


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Se describe e ilustra una nueva especie de Asplundia de la Cordillera Central de Colombia. Asplundia callejasii se incluye en el subg. Asplundia con base en la morfología de las flores estaminadas. Los caracteres vegetativos más distintivos de A. callejasii son sus hojas extremadamente largas dentro del género, con láminas foliares unicostadas, oblanceoladas, escasamente divididas, y muy lustrosas, con los pliegues formando aproximadamente 45° en relación con la vena principal. Estas características en conjunto, le otorgan un aspecto único, que la diferencian de cualquier otra especie dentro de la familia.



We are grateful to the staff at the COL, HUA, JAUM, and MEDEL herbaria for access to their collections during the course of this study, and Fabián A. Michelangeli (NY) for helpful comments on a previous version of the manuscript and English language editing. Financial support was generously provided by Corporación Autónoma Regional del Centro de Antioquia (CORANTIOQUIA). Thanks to Juliana Cardona, Juan Lázaro Toro, César Herrera, Estella Suárez, and Dairon Preciado for their company and help during fieldwork, and John Colorado for the illustration. For faciliting access to live specimens of Cyclanthaceae, we are grateful to the staff of Jardín Botánico Joaquín Antonio Uribe, Medellín and Arturo Aristizabal Echeverri owner of the “Passiflora” plant nursery. The first author would like to express his sincere gratitude to Prof. Ricardo Callejas Posada (Universidad de Antioquia) for the continued support of his M.Sc. thesis, patience, motivation, enthusiasm, and immense knowledge. The second author is thankful to “Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior” (Capes) for a Ph.D. scholarship grant.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grupo Biología CES, Facultad de Ciencias y BiotecnologíaUniversidad CESMedellínColombia
  2. 2.Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia, Campus CapanemaCapanemaBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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