Monographs Details: Marlierea salticola Amshoff
Authority: Maguire, Bassett & Wurdack, John J. 1958. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part III. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 10: 1-156.
Discussion:For description see Amshoff, I.e. Potaro River gorge, British Guiana. The bud of this species opens by the abscission of a broad calyptra comprising the distal third of the bud, exactly as in the genus Calyptranthes. Apparently Miss Amshoff assigned the species to Marlierea because of the flaring, recurved, and ultimately fraying margin of the hypanthium; the irregular "lobes" resulting from this, however, are not a part of the calyx as they are in species having the bud opening by splits downward from the apex. Study of the flowers of this plant makes evident the weakness of the distinction between Marlierea and Calyptranthes; if the genera are to be separated (as in the past) on the basis of ealyptrate or non-calyptrate buds, then this species is a Cahyptronthes; if, on the other hand, primary emphasis is to be placed upon the splitting of the hypanthium tube below the calyx proper, then this species is properly referred to Marlierea.