Monographs Details: Befaria neblinensis Maguire, Steyerm. & Luteyn
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1978. The botany of the Guayana Highland--part X. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 29: 1-288.
Family:Ericaceae
Description:Latin Diagnosis - Frutex compactus ad 1 m altus; ramis ramuhsque teretibus, gracihbus, juvenilibus densissime valdeque glanduloso-hispidis. Folia parva, apicem versus conferta; petiolis 1-2 mm longis, hispidis; laminis ellipticis coriaceis, nitidis, 10-15 X 3-6 mm, apice acutis breviter calloso-apiculatis, subtus pallidis, glabris vel sparse glanduloso-hispidulis, supra sparse glanduloso-hispidis, costa valde elevata, costa marginibusque valde et conspicue spinuloso-hispidis. Inflorescentiae terminales racemosae, vel flores axillares, bracteis flore appressis fohaceis, densissime glanduloso-hispidis; pedicellis sub anthesi nudis vel 1-2 bracteolatis, denique 1-2 cm longis, strictis. Flores vulgo 10-15, in axillis fohorum vel bractearum dispositis, polypetalis, petalis roseis; calyce tubuloso cupulato ca 1 mm alto, intus glabro; sepalis vulgo 7, liberis, imbricatis, late ovatis, obtusis vel rotundatis, 3-4 X 3 mm, marginibus scarioso-puberulentilius, sepalis exterioribus cum marginibus superioribus glanduloso-ciliolatis; petalis liberis, vulgo 7, oblongooblanceolatis, 8-12 x 6-7 mm; staminibus 12-16, filamentis distinctis, ca 10 mm longis, versus basim tumidis, albido-sericeis, superne glabris, antheris versus apicem affixis, bilocularibus, glabris, oblongis, ca 1.2-1.4 mm longis, lobis ad basim subapiculatis; ovario glabro, in media cupula disposito, 6-7-loculari; stylo tereti, glabro, 10-12 mm longo, postremo 20-22 mm longo, stigmate depressocapitato; capsula depresso-globosa, vulgo 6-7 sulcata, 6-7-valvata, endocarpio valde indurato.

Discussion:Type. VENEZUELAN-BRAZILIAN FRONTIER. Amazonas: Cerro de la Neblina, frequent on open slopes near the wall base of Pico Phelps, 2500-2800 m alt, 2 Dec 1965, rounded shrub to 1 m high, flowers rose-colored, Maguire & Pires 60477 (holotype NY, isotype VEN). Befaria neblinensis is a hispid-subsetose microphyllous shrub related to B. hispida. Both display glandular hispid hairs, elongate racemose inflorescences, and leaf margins which bear glandular cilia. Befaria neblinensis is at once distinguished from B. hispida by its shorter petals and floral bracts which are similar to the size of stem leaves, in contrast to B. hispida which has longer petals, and floral bracts which are much smaller than the stem leaves.