Monographs Details: Guatteria longedecurrens R.E.Fr.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett & Wurdack, John J. 1960. The botany of the Guayana highland--Part IV. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 10: 1-37.
Family:Annonaceae
Description:Latin Diagnosis - Arbor ca. 18 m alta; ramuli novelli nigrescentes, pilis sparsis mox deciduis instructi; internodia 1-2 em longa. Foliorum petiolus ea. 5 mm longus, supra paulo canaliculatus; lamina 10-15 cm longa, 3-5 cm lata, ovato-lanceolata, basin versus longe acutata et in petiolum deeurrens, rigida, apicem versus in cuspidem 1-1.5 em longam obtusam sat sensim eontracta, supra (exsiccata) sordide viridis, subtus olivacea; costa supra vix depressa, subtus valde prominens teres et rubescens; nervi laterales I tenues; reticulum venularum densissimum, utroque latere elevatum. Flos (unicus obvius) 2 cm longe pedunculatus; pedicelli rigidi, glabri. Petala oblonga, apice rotundata, exteriora ca. 14 mm longa, 6 mm lata, interiora ca. 15 mm longa, 7 mm lata. Stamina 1.5-2 mm longa, disco piano glabro. Monocarpia numerosa, immatura nigra, obovoidea, obtusa, 8-10 mm longa, 4-5 mm crassa, in stipitem 6-7 mm longum eontracta.

Distribution and Ecology - VENEZUELA: Merida, Pueblos del Sur, alt. 1600-2200 m, Brrnardi 2255 (type NY, cotype S).

Discussion:

This species agrees in most respects with G. glaberrima R. E. Fr. (known from Ecuador), which, however, even in early stages of development has quite glabrous branchlets and leaves. Tn G. longcdccurrcws the network of veins is very elevated and conspicuous, especially on the under side. It differs from G. glaherrima also in its broader, ovate-lanceolate leaves.