Kew Bulletin

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 171–174 | Cite as

Allamanda calcicola (Apocynaceae), an overlooked new species from limestone outcrops in the States of Minas Gerais and Bahia, Brazil

  • Rita Fabiana de Souza-Silva
  • Alessandro RapiniEmail author


Allamanda calcicola Souza-Silva & Rapini, an overlooked new species endemic to the limestone outcrops along the São Francisco River Basin, in south-western Bahia and northern Minas Gerais, Brazil, is described and illustrated. It was confused with A. martii and A. schottii, two species from eastern Brazil, which (along with A. polyantha) form a different complex of closely related species. However, A. calcicola is more closely related to A. puberula, another species from the semi-arid region of Brazil.

Key Words

caatinga calcareous rock Neotropics Rauvolfioideae semi-arid vegetation taxonomy 



This article is part of a project on Apocynaceae diversity, funded by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado da Bahia (FAPESB). The Programa de Pesquisa em Biodiversidade (PPBio) do Semi-árido supported fieldwork and Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana provided a PROBIC/UEFS fellowship to the first author. We thank M. Lúcia Kawasaki for assistance with English, Cássio van den Berg for reviewing the Latin diagnosis and two anonymous reviewers for improving the text. RFSS is currently supported by a DTI-3 fellowship of the National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) and AR by a Pq2 grant (CNPq).


  1. Carvalho-Sobrinho, J. G. & Queiroz, L. P. (2008). Ceiba rubriflora (Malvaceae: Bombacoideae), a new species from Bahia, Brazil. Kew Bull. 63: 649 – 653CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Castro, R. M. & Rapini, A. (2006). Four new species of Moraceae from Bahia, Brazil. Neodiversity 1: 13 – 20.Google Scholar
  3. Endress, M. E., Liede-Schumann, S. & Meve, U. (2007). Advances in Apocynaceae: the enlightenment, an introduction. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 94: 259 – 267.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Fallen, M. E. (1985). The gynoecial development and systematic position of Allamanda (Apocynaceae). Amer. J. Bot. 72: 572 – 579.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. IUCN (2001). IUCN Red List Categories: version 3.1. IUCN Species Survival Commission, Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK.Google Scholar
  6. Markgraf, F. (1940). Neue Apocynaceen aus Südamerika VIII. Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 15: 131 – 136.Google Scholar
  7. Sakane, M. & Shepherd, G. J. (1986). Uma revisão do gênero Allamanda L. (Apocynaceae). Revista Brasil. Bot. 9: 125 – 149.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita Fabiana de Souza-Silva
    • 1
  • Alessandro Rapini
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Estadual de Feira de SantanaFeira de SantanaBrazil

Personalised recommendations