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


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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  • Andes
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Myrtaceae
  • Psidium
  • taxonomy