Monographs Details: Rapatea steyermarkii Maguire
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1965. The Botany of the Guayana Highland. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 12 (3): 1-285.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. Marshy or swampy places on white sand, derived from Roraima sandstones. BRITISH GUIANA. Kamarang River Crossing, Kamarang Head, at alt. 2700 ft, Maguire 33274. VENEZUELA. Edo. Bolivar: Cerro Ilu-tepui, on white sand at alt. 1200 m, 23 Mar 1952, Maguire 33452; Cerro Guaiquinima, on white sand at alt. 300 m, 19 Dec 1951, Maguire 32741, 33109; Chimanta-Massif, at alt. 415-700 m, 3 Apr 1953, Steyermark 74803 (NY) ; Upper Cuyuni Basm, Maguire, Steyermark d Maguire 46777, 46806, 46841.
Discussion:?R. Friderici Augusti Sehomb., Die Eapatea Friderici Augusti und Saxo-Fridericia regalis, E. H. Schomburgk, Braunscbweig, 1845.
Rapatea Friderici Augusti Sehomb. may well be the same as our R. steyermarkii, but so far as I a m aware, none of Schomburgk's specimens are now extant, and his brief descriptions and drawings are not adequate for acceptable placement. The indefinite indication of locality, "Wacht in dichten Waldungen des britischen Guiana," does not lend geographic support that an otherwise more definite geographical designation would have accomplished. Until more effective evidence is at hand, it is best to let the name R. Friderici Augusti rest as a nomen ambiguum.
Distribution:Guyana South America
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