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Drymonia crispa (Gesneriaceae), a new species from northwestern Colombia

Abstract. Recent expeditions to the northern Cordillera Occidental of the Colombian Andes and preliminary work on a revision of Drymonia (Gesneriaceae, tribe Episcieae) have resulted in the discovery of a new species. The new species, Drymonia crispa, is a scandent shrub with maroon pedicels; lanceolate calyx lobes that are sinuate with a prominent midvein; and a campanulate corolla that is white suffused with pink.

Resumen. Las expediciones recientes al norte de la Cordillera Occidental de los Andes colombianos, y el trabajo preliminar de revisión del género Drymonia (Gesneriaceae, tribu Episcieae) han permitido descubrir una nueva especie: Drymonia crispa, que se distingue por su hábito escandente con pedicelos vinotinto; lóbulos del cáliz lanceolados, sinuados y con la vena media prominente; y corola campanulada, blanca con rosado.

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This study was supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (DEB-841958 and DEB-0949169). We thank Christian Feuillet and Laurence E. Skog for their helpful comments on the manuscript. Our 2012 research expedition to Colombia was a tremendous success because of logistical support from Álvaro Idárraga (HUA), Felipe Cardona (HUA), Julio Betancur (COL), Álvaro Cogollo (JAUM), and Diego Suescún (JAUM). We also thank Gustavo Suárez and Luis Augusto Mazariegos-Urtado for facilitating our expedition to the Reserve Mesenia-Paramillo. This discovery was made possible by Uriel Rendón who was our guide and serves as the park guard for the Mesenia-Paramillo Reserve.

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Clavijo, L., Clark, J.L. Drymonia crispa (Gesneriaceae), a new species from northwestern Colombia. Brittonia 66, 65–69 (2014).

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  • Drymonia
  • Gesneriaceae
  • Episcieae
  • Colombia
  • taxonomy