Callisia (Commelinaceae) and translated French papers

Stephanie Bergamo sbergamo at DOGWOOD.BOTANY.UGA.EDU
Fri May 31 14:09:12 CDT 2002

Daar All,

I am a graduate student at the University of Georgia (USA) working on the
systematics of the genus Callisia (Commelinaceae). Thus far, and thanks to
the gracious assistance of the Smithsonian Institution and others, I have
been able to acquire most species in the genus as live specimens. However,
circumstances are such that I am not able to go to the field to seek out
those species not yet in the greenhouse collection here at UGA. Both DNA
extraction/amplification and anatomical analysis are facilited by the use
of live, as opposed to Herbarium, specimens.

Might anyone know of the whereabouts of live specimens listed below from
which I might acquire cuttings?

Also, I am on the lookout for English translations of certain French
papers (also listed below). Does anyone have suggestions?

below was made originally in a Word file. The email server here removed
the italics, boldface, and other formatting in that file, and I was not
able to send the list as an attachment. Sorry for any legibility


Callisia (Commelinaceae)

   Callisia ciliata Kunth

      Tradescantia elongata G.F.W. Mey.
      T. elongata Hort. Linden ex Gard.
      T. elongata var. diuretica (Mart.) C.B. Clarke
      T. elongata var. schlechtendalii (Kunth) C.B. Clarke
      T. elongata var. triandra (Kunth) C.B. Clarke
      Tripogandra elongata (G.F.W. Mey.) Woodson
      Descanteria elongata (G.F.W. Mey.) Bruckn.

         moist forests, 150-900 m, Panama, Colombia, Mexico

   Callisia filiformis (M. Martens & Galeotti) D. Hunt

      Tradescantia filiformis M. Martens & Galeotti
      Aneilema floribunda Hooker & Arnott
                non Commelina floribunda Kunth cf. Bentham
      Leptorhoeo filiformis (M. Martens & Galeotti) C.B. Clarke
      Leptorhoeo floribunda (Hook. & Arn.) Baillon
      L. tenuifolia Rose
      Tripogandra floribunda (Hook. & Arn.) Woodson
      Aneilema floribundum Hook. & Arn. Bot.

         Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua

         easily confused with Murdannia nudiflora (larger capsule with
         apiculate valves and cymose inflorescence, not umbel-like as
         with C. filiformis)

   Callisia gentlei Matuda

      C. gentlei var. gentlei (from Hunt 1994)
      (I do have: C. gentlei var. elegans (Alexander ex H. Moore) D. Hunt
                  C. gentlei var. macdougallii (Miranda) D. Hunt>

         C. gentlei known only form Vaca, in the El Cayo District of
         Belize (British Honduras); resembles C. elegans in habit but is
         distinctive in its pink flowers

   Callisia insignis C.B. Clarke

         highlands of east central Mexico (Pueblo, Hidalgo)

   Callisia laui (D.R. Hunt) D.R. Hunt

         Phyodina laui D.R. Hunt

            endemic to Oaxaca, Mexico

   Callisia nizandensis Matuda

            endemic to Oaxaca, Mexico

   Callisia soconuscensis Matuda

            known only from the margins of woods near Esperanza,
            Escuintla, Chiapas, Mexico at an altitude of 200 m

   Callisia tehuantepecana Matuda

            known thus far only from Limon, near Tehuantepec in the state
            of Oaxaca, Mexico


   Guervin, C., and J. Laroche, J. 1973. Utilization of total quantities
and densities of nuclear DNA to retrace the phylogenies in the genus
Callisia (Commelinaceae). C R Hebo Seances Acad Sci, Ser D Sci Nat 277(12) ( Sept
24, 1973): 1005-1007

   Guervin, C., C. Le Coq, and J. Laroche. 1975) Study of the chromosome
complement and nuclear DNA quantities: Application to the development of
the genus Callisia (Commelinaceae). Caryologia 28(1): 45-56

   Le Coq, C., and C. Guervin. 1974. Karyology of Commelinaceae. IV.
Callisia multiflora Stanley, Rev Cytol Biol Veg 37(1/2): 151-154

   Le Coq, C., C. Guervin, and J. Laroche. Stereostructure of nucleolus
and distribution of ribonucleic acid in the central zone of Callisia insignis.
Acad Sci (Paris) C R Ser D 272(7) (Feb 15, 1971): 938-940

   Laroche, J., C. Guervin, C. Le Coq, and J. Montardy. 1971.
Interpretation of the apex and of the vascular ontogenesis of roots in Callisia insignis
C.B. Clarke (Commelinaceae) from cytochemical data. Acad Sci (Paris) C R
Ser D 273(19) (Nov 8, 1971): 1718-1720

Thank you very kindly.

Stephanie Bergamo
Plant Biology Department
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602 USA
sbergamo at

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S. Bergamo
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