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Wiehler, H. (1975). BESLERIA L. AND THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF GASTERANTHUS BENTH. (GESNERIACEAE). Selbyana, 1(2), 150–156. Retrieved from


The genus Besleria L. with over 170 species is the largest group in the neotropical Gesneriaceae. The herbaceous or suffrutescent terrestrial species occur from Mexico (Pueblo, Oaxaca, Chiapas) and the Caribbean Islands south to Bolivia and Sao Paulo in Brazil. The center of distribution lies in the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador. Many of the species are sharply defined local endemics, but some are widely distributed and somewhat variable, such as Besleria laxiflora Benth. and B. salanoides HBK. Most species with their orange, red, or yellow tubular corollas are apparently pollinated by hummingbirds. Until recently this taxon has been known to science only through the study of herbarium material. Mr. C. V. Morton described most Besleria species published in this century, and he also authored an excellent monograph of this large group (Morton, 1939).


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