[Taxacom] Mystery plant Bahia Brazil

Alex Popovkin popovkin at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 15:51:03 CDT 2009


Thanks, Mario.

The mystery has been solved (to some degree): This is a new species of
Spigelia, Loganiaceae, determined and confirmed by three specialists from
Brazil, England, and Spain.

The problem is the very limited material available for depositing at a
herbarium (I ususlly deposit at the HUEFS, in Feira de Santana, Bahia,
Brazil). There were no other specimens to be found in the vicinity of the
original find (some 50 m from my home!).

Alex Popovkin
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On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 5:32 PM, Mario Blanco <mblanco at flmnh.ufl.edu> wrote:

> Hi Alex,
> it does look like a miniature Spigelia indeed, but have you considered
> Gesneriaceae?
>
> Here's the contact information for the only Loganiaceae specialist in
> Brazil, according to Index Herbariorum:
>
> http://sweetgum.nybg.org/ih/person.php?irn=142141
>
> Good luck, and let us know if you find out the identity of your plant.  By
> the way, where in Bahia are you located? Southern Bahia?
>
> -Mario
>
>
> Alex Popovkin wrote:
>
>>  After exhausting all inquiries in private I seek help from the Taxacom
>> community.
>>
>> http://www.flickr.com/photos/plants_of_russian_in_brazil/sets/72157619216710603/
>>
>> This miniature plant was found on a road/trek in the Atlantic forest of
>> the
>> restinga area of Northeastern Brazil (Bahia).
>>
>> Thanks for suggestions on a possible ID.
>>
>> Alex Popovkin
>> -12.01 -38.01
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