Monographs Details: Miconia media subsp. ecuadorensis Wurdack
Authority: Wurdack, John J. 1967. Plants collected in Ecuador by W. H. Camp. Melastomataceae. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 16: 1-45.
Description:Latin Diagnosis - Differt stylis ovariisque sparse vel modice glanduloso-puberulis pilis gracili-bus 0.1 mm longis.
Discussion:Type Collection: W. H. Camp E-3915 (holotype US 2404710; isotype NY; 11 additional isotypes to be distributed), collected in the Cruz Pamba region above Baños (ca. 15 km southwest of Cuenca) , Prov. Azuay, Ecuador, elev. 2700-3000 m, 29-30 June 1945. “Treelike, 3 m, with spreading branches. Twigs and petioles purplish red. Leaves deep green, nitid above; pale green, dull, and with reddish primary veins below. Hypanthium very pale green. Corolla, filaments, and anthers white.”
Para types (all Ecuador) : Azuay: ridge between El Pan and Guachapala, elev. 2800 m, Camp E-5237A, E-5237B; Pan-American Highway 34 km south of Cuenca, elev. 2800 m, Camp E-450; valley of Río Surucuchu 18-20 km west of Cuenca, elev. 3000-3150 m, Camp E-4174; above Sevilla de Oro, elev. 2600 m, Camp E-4842; 40 km from Cuenca enroute to Loja, elev. 3000 m, Maguire & Maguire 44282; Ganodel, elev. 3000 m, Asplund 17747 (S). Cañar: region of San Marcos, 10 km northeast of Azogues, elev. 2900 m, Prieto P-94; valley of Río Tabacal, 15 km northeast of Azogues, elev. 3000 m, Prieto P-119.
Both Peruvian subspecies have glabrous styles and ovaries. The typical subspecies has setulose petioles and young branches; subsp. borealis is Vegetatively like subsp. ecuadorensis, but consistently has purple, rather than white or cream-colored, anthers. The general aspect of M. media is rather like that of the 4-merous M. andina Naud. and its relatives in sect. Chaenopleura.