Title: Chassalia petitiana (Rubiaceae-Psychotrieae), an overlooked epiphytic species hidden in the African canopy
Authors: Piesschaert, Frederic
Jansen, Steven
Huysmans, Suzy
Smets, Eric
Robbrecht, E #
Issue Date: Jul-1999
Publisher: Amer soc plant taxonomists
Series Title: Systematic botany vol:24 issue:3 pages:315-322
Abstract: Morphological (including pollen morphology) and wood anatomical characters of the poorly known species 'Psychotria epiphytica' from tropical Africa are documented and described. It is the only record of genuine epiphytism for African Rubiaceae. The species is characterized by its inaperturate pollen grains with peculiar reticulate exine structure, and pyrenes that lack a clear ventral excavation and open with one mediodorsal and two lateral preformed germination slits; another remarkable feature is the unusual variation in stipule morphology. It is proposed to transfer the species to Chassalia. A new name, Chassalia petitiana, is given because of the illegitimate status of the original name. Psychotria euchlora, a probably closely related species from Sao Tome, is also discussed.
ISSN: 0363-6445
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Plant Systematics and Ecology Section - miscellaneous
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