A new species of Besleria (Gesneriaceae) from the western Amazon rainforest


Besleria iara, a new species from the western Amazon lowland rainforest in Brazil and Peru, is described and illustrated. Data are provided on the species’ ecology, distribution, and conservation status. This species is a shrub, with hirsute indumentum covering almost the whole plant, orange calyx, and yellow tubular-ventricose corolla. It was found growing in the understory of humid terra firme forest, along the margin of small streams.

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We thank Gabriel Zanatta and Nilton Slobodzian for their help during field expeditions, and Rangel Carvalho for drawing the illustration. We gratefully acknowledge the Smithsonian Institution for the Cuatrecasas Fellowship Award to GEF and the Gesneriad Society for additional funds received as the Elvin McDonald Research Grant and a Nellie D. Sleeth Scholarship. GEF thanks the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), and the Science Without Borders scholarship program of the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) of Brazil. AOA thanks the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) for financial support.

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Ferreira, G.E., de Araújo, A.O., Hopkins, M.J.G. et al. A new species of Besleria (Gesneriaceae) from the western Amazon rainforest. Brittonia 69, 241–245 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12228-017-9464-6

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Key words

  • Beslerieae
  • taxonomy
  • Amazon basin