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Wiehler, H. (2008). NEW GENERA AND SPECIES OF GESNERIACEAE FROM THE NEOTROPICS. Selbyana, 2(1), 67–132. Retrieved from


The preparation of a new classification of the New World Gesneriaceae, preliminary work for the floras of Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador, and field work by fellow workers and myself have accumulated a wealth of new species to be described, and also necessitate the establishment of four new genera. The many novelties recently collected are foremost an indication that the Gesneriaceae (and most other tropical plant families) have not received due attention in botanical field surveys in the past, even though the neotropical cloud forests and rain forests are disappearing at an ever increasing, now alarming rate. Of the more than 120 new species of Gesneriaceae currently awaiting description at the greenhouses of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 48 are published in this account. Others will follow in the next issues of Selbyana. Many of these species have horticultural value and will be distributed to commercial growers and gesneriad societies.


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