Monographs Details: Strychnos bovetiana Pires
Authority: Krukoff, Boris A. 1965. Supplementary notes on the American species of Strychnos VII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 12: 1-94.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution : Known only from the type collection.Brazil: Para (near Belem), Pires 6987 (NY, type coll.).A bush-rope from the high forest on terra-firme. Flowers were collected near Belem in July.
Discussion:The original description is ample and carefully drawn. It is the second known species of Breviflorae with axillary inflorescences, the other being S. parviflora, from which it is immediately distinguished by its leaves, inflorescences, and flower characters (for details, see the key).
Mature leaves of this species resemble somewhat those of S. Erichsonii. At least on the specimens examined, however, the leaf-blades are not tuberculate to blistered above.
Type locality: Para (munic. Ananindena, 30 km from Belem, between Mari-tuba and Rio Guama, Companhia Pirelli), Brazil.
It is most unexpected that this very distinct new species was collected only 30 km from Belem, as this locality was so well searched for Strychnos by Ducke, Froes and other collectors associated with Instituto Agronomico do Norte.
Fruits of this species are still unknown and I also have not seen tendrils (which are expected to occur) on the specimens examined. The collection of fruits and a carefully selected series of leaves from various parts of mature bush-ropes (also of young plants) would be of considerable interest.
According to Pires, bark of this species was sent for chemical studies to Prof. D. Bovet (Rome) (l.c.).
Distribution:Brazil South America