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A New Venezuelan Virola (Myristicaceae) William A. Rodrigues Annals of the Mi wsouri Botanical Garden, Volume 76, Issue 4 (1989), 1163-1164. Stable URL: http//links!=0026-6493% 28 1989%2976%3A4%3C1163%3AANVV%28%3E2.0,CO%3B2-1 ‘Your use of the ISTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use, available at hhup:/www.jstor org/about/terms.html. JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use provides, in part, that unless you have obtained prior permission, you may not download an entire issue of a journal or multiple copies of articles, and you may use content in the JSTOR archive only for your personal, non-commercial use. Each copy of any part of a JSTOR transmission must contain the same copyright notice that appears on the sereen or printed page of such transmission. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden is published by Missouri Botanical Ganlen Press. Please contact the publisher for further permissions regarding the use of this work. Publisher contact information may be obtained at hutp:/ html, Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden (©1989 Missouri Botanical Garden Press ISTOR and the ISTOR logo are trademarks of ISTOR, and are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office For more information on ISTOR contact jstor-info@umich.edv, (©2003 JSTOR hupslwww Tue Jul 29 22:08:43 2003, A NEW VENEZUELAN VIROLA (MYRISTICACEAE) ‘This note describes and illustrates @ new species rola is a genus endemic to the American eon- of Virola from Cerro Sarisarifama in the Vene- _tinent with ts center of diversity and greatest species ‘ielan Guayana, richness in the western Amazon region, With this etal 109178) —A. Habit ~B. Male fower.—C. Androecia Ann. Missount Bor, Ganp. 76: 1163-1164. 1989. 1164 Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden new species of Virola, there are now 13 Venezuelan species in this genus of 48 species. Virola steyermarkii W. Rodrigues, sp. nov. TYPE: Venezuela. Bolivar: Meseta del Jaua, Cerro Sariserifiama, cumbre, poreién nor-este, (04°41’40"N, 64°13'20°W, quebrada baja en selva mis alta de promedia de 15-20 em de ato, 1,400 m, 16-18 Feb. 1974 (8) J. A Steyermark, V. Carreio-Espinhoza & C. Brewer-Carias 109178 (holotype, VEN; iso- type, INPA). Figure 1 AF. offcinali Wasb. maxime similis nervatio et nfo: receentig habit, sed pracepue androedio breviore et ndrophoro spice versus angustato statin dignoseenda, ‘Tree 20-25 m tll, branchlets robust, subterete, darkly ferruginous tomentoze when young (hairs usually sessile or shortstalked, stellate, few. branched, up to 0.5 mm long), soon glabrescent; petioles canaliculate, stout, 3-6 mm long, 1.5-2 ‘mm diam., darkly ferraginous tomentose; leaf blades chartaceous, oblong-lanceolate, 5-12 em long, 1.8— 4.0 cm broed, obtuse at hase, acute at apex, gla brescent or sparsely and minutely puberulent be: rneath (hairs sessile or subsessile, stellate, 4-5. branched); costa shallowly grooved and glabrous above, prominent and tomentelous beneath, sec: ‘ondary nerves 22-26 per side, straight, imprested above, raised-tomentellous beneath, tertiary nerves subparallel, impressed above, obscure beneath. Male inflorescences narrow, once-branched, 6.57.5 em Tong, peduncle conspicuously flattened, 2.5~3.5 fem long, rachis 5~7 branched, each branch 5-8 ‘mm long; branchlets few, short, with flower clusters sessile toward the apex; vestiture of branchlets and flowers darkly ferruginous tomentose; bracts not seen; flowers arranged in clusters of about 25, pedicels lender, up to 3 mm long. Perianth of male flowers thin, 1.5-3 mm long, Slobed nearly to base, the lobes obtuse; androecium 1.2-1.3 mm Jong, androphore 0.7-0.8 mn long, carnose, slightly narrowed towards the apex, the anthers 3, 0.4 0.5 mm long, obtuse at apex, rounded and abruptly ‘cuneate at base. Female inflorescences and fruits not seen. Virola steyermarkit has «close affinity with the allopatric V- officinalis, particularly in the nu ‘merous, close secondary nerves and in the narrow, ‘once-branched male inflorescence, but difers mainly by having a shorter androecium and androphore narrowed from the bottom toward the apex. Fur- ther, V. steyermarkit is known only from the type locality in Venezuela, very far from the restricted distribution of V. ofcinals in the Brazilian states of Bahia and Minas Gerais, ‘The new species is named in honor of the late Julian A. Steyermark for his valuable contributions to the study of the neotropical flora | am grateful to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for the fellowship avearded to me in 1982 for continuation of my taxonomic studies of Myristicacene, to William Leite for drav- ing the plate, and to Brace Walker Nelson for reviewing the English translation, William A. Rodrigues, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazénia, Caiva Postal 478, 69083 Manaus, Amazonas, Brasil