Monographs Details: Brachyotum maximowiczii var. longifolium Wurdack
Authority: Wurdack, John J. 1953. A revision of the genus Brachyotum (Tibouchineae-Melastomataceae). Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 8 (4): 343-407.
Family:Melastomataceae
Description:Species Description - Petiolus 8-11 mm. Lamina 30-45 x 9-14 mm.

Discussion:

Type Collection and Locality: Pennell 25857 (HOLOTYPE PH); Peru, Dept. Amazonas, Cerro de Fraijaco (Huaui-Huni) northeast of Tambo de Ventilla, in dry sandy soil, alt. 3000-3200 m., 7 Jul. 1948. "Shrub. Hypanthium and calyx jasperred; petals black." Known only from the type collection.

Cogniaux described this species as 4-merous; on the holotype fragment examined, however, 6 of the 7 flowers were 5-merous; on the Kew isotype, all 15 examinable flowers were 4-merous. The leaf tubercles on the holotype fragment are somewhat more prominent than usual, but the variation in development of these hairs is quite great on the other collections. Among these other collections, except for Matbews 47H, all of the 81 examinable flowers were 4-merous. However, in Matbews 47H, half of the 16 examinable flowers were 4-merous, half 5-merous; this collection also has leaves with the length/width ratio greater than usual in the typical variety, narrower more acute sepals, and smaller connective prolongation (0.7-0.9 mm., free of anther 0.3 mm.). Perhaps the holotype fragment and Mathews 47H are hybridal variants (xB. angustifolium ?).

Both varieties of B. maximowiczii are in appearance quite distinct from B. radula, the typical variety because of the smaller leaves, var. longifolium because of the leaf blade length/width ratio of 2.6-3.3 [rather than 1.5-2(-2.4)].The lower leaf surface reticulation is also much less obvious (or completely hidden in var. longifolium) than in B. radula.