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A new species of Psidium (Myrtaceae) from Ecuador and Colombia

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Psidium occidentale from Colombia and Ecuador is described and illustrated. It is compared with its presumed closest relatives, and differs from them by its larger leaves and multi-flowered inflorescences. It generally grows at lower elevations than these other species. Its conservation status is evaluated.


Psidium occidentale de Colombia y Ecuador se describe e ilustra. Se compara con sus presuntos parientes más cercanos y se diferencia de estos por las hojas más grandes e inflorescencias con más flores; generalmente crece en elevaciones más bajas que estas otras especies. Se evalúa su estado de conservación.

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We thank the curators of the following herbaria for making their specimens available for this study: ASU, CAUP, COL, CUVC, HUA, MO, PSO, QCNE. M. L. Kawasaki and an anonymous reviewer kindly offered many helpful suggestions that improved this paper. We are grateful to Bobbi Angell for preparing the illustration. Carlos Parra-O. is grateful to Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL) - Instituto de Ciencias Naturales - Universidad Nacional de Colombia for its support.

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Landrum, L.R., Parra-O., C. A new species of Psidium (Myrtaceae) from Ecuador and Colombia. Brittonia 66, 311–315 (2014).

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