Monographs Details: Abolboda poarchon Seub. in Mart.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett & Wurdack, John J. 1958. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part III. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 10: 1-156.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Specimens examined: BRAZIL: Diamantina, Barreto 9657 (F) : Goyaz, Gardner 3486 (paratype F, NY, P) ; Goyaz, Glaziou 22233 (F, P, S) ; Minas Gerais, Glaziou 20520 (F, P) ; Loefgren 1477 (S); Goyaz, Macedo 3700 (NY, S, US); Minas Gerais, Martins 1728 (holotype M, isotype M) ; Matto Grosso: Malme 2354 (S), 1965 (S), 1965A (S), 1965b (S) ; Para, Herb. Goeldi 15061 (S, US); Minas Gerais, St. Hilaire 1914 (P) ; 878 (P) ; St. Paul, St. Hilaire 1281 (P) ; Sertao d'Amaroleite, Weddcll 2723 (P) ; Goyaz, Vie 227 (US).
A. poarchon var. exaltata Malme, nomen.
A. chapadensis Hoehne, Comm. Link. Telegr. Estrat. Matto Grosso, Annexo 5, Bot. pt. 5: 11. pl. 80, f. 2. 1915.
A. poarchon is a variable species, undoubtedly having within it a number of segregate populations of greater or lesser distinctness. It is most closely related to A. pidchella, and indeed merges with this species. Because of its larger habit, more numerous flowers, and acute mucronate cephalar bracts, it is in most in stances easily separable from A. pulchella, of smaller habit with few-flowered (usually 2-3) spikes, and obtuse, umbose, short linear appendiculate cephalar bracts. By the use of these criteria, there are included in the exsiceatae cited below a number of plants which because of their shorter narrower leaves have been interpreted as belonging to A. pulchella.
Type: campis ascensus Chapada do Paranan, Minas Geraes, Brazil, Martins 1728 (Poarchon coerulea Mart. mss.).
Distribution:Brazil South America