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Wiehler, H. (1975). RUFODORSIA, A NEW CENTRAL-AMERICAN GENUS IN THE GESNERIACEAE. Selbyana, 1(2), 138–149. Retrieved from


On field trips in Panama in 1971 and 1972 Robert L. Dressler and I collected in several localities live material of three closely related gesneriaceous species new to science. They are leathery-leaved epiphytes of the cloud forest, but they also grow in a similar humid montane primary forest environment at slightly lower levels of altitude. These species, labelled provisionally "major," "minor," and "intermedia," have been cultivated and observed since that time at the greenhouses of the University of Miami, Florida, and at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. They are sharing bench or hanging space with many other new and undescribed species, for the recent field trips to Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama in search of Gesnericaeae yielded about 20-25% novelties. In such a family as the Gesneriaceae the study of live material seems essential for an understanding and description of new taxa.


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