Drymonia collegarum (Gesneriaceae), a New Species from Ecuador


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Clark, J. L., & Clark, J. R. (2008). Drymonia collegarum (Gesneriaceae), a New Species from Ecuador. Selbyana, 29(2), 152–156. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/121122


Recent field expeditions and preliminary work on revising Drymonia and closely related genera have resulted in the discovery of a new plant species from Ecuador. The new species, Drymonia collegarum (Gesneriaceae), is an epiphyte that is often confused with other Drymonia and Alloplectus species. This species is differentiated by clustered fascicles of axillary flowers, hypocyrtoid corollas, fleshy capsules with tardily dehiscent endocarps, and a robust erect epiphytic habit. It is common along the western Andean slopes of Ecuador from Azuay to Esmeraldas. This and closely related species are characterized by nonporicidal anthers and hypocyrtoid corollas, characters that are atypical for the genus Drymonia. El trabajo de campo reciente y la revisión preliminar de Drymonia y los géneros cercanamente relacionados, han llevado al descubrimiento de una especie nueva en Ecuador. La especie nueva, Drymonia collegarum (Gesneriaceae), es una epífita frecuentemente confundida con otras especies de Drymonia y Alloplectus. Esta especie se caracteriza por presentar fascículos de flores axilares, corolas hypocyrtoides, cápsulas carnosas con endocarpo dehiscente tardíamente, y por ser una epífita erecta y robusta. Esta especie es frecuente a lo largo de la vertiente occidental de los Andes ecuatorianos, desde Azuay hasta Esmeraldas. Esta y las especies estrechamente relacionadas se caracterizan por poseer anteras no poricidas y corolas hypocirtoides, características atípicas en el género Drymonia.


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