Monographs Details: Quapoya peruviana (Poepp.) Kuntze
Authority: Maguire, Bassett & Wurdack, John J. 1961. The botany of the Guayana Highland--part IV (2). Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 10: 1-87.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - The original material and more recently collected materials from Peru, Ecuador, and the headwater region of Amazonian Brazil and Amazonian Colombia, are consistent with respect to a large (6-10 cm long) divaricate inflorescence and general form of leaf.


Bengifa peruviana Poeppig in Poeppig & Endlicher, Nov. Gen. et Sp. 3: 12. pi. 210. 1840.

Dr Cuatrecasas has recognized as var. occidentalis specimens from the Pacific Coast region (Valle) of Colombia, characterized by him as having somewhat larger flowers, more robust pedicels, and shorter inflorescences than the var. peruviana. Foliar differences indicated by Cuatrecasas do not seem to hold.

There has now accumulated a series of collections from the Rio Negro— Alto Rio Orinoco drainages that have the shorter inflorescences but perhaps somewhat smaller flowers than var. occidentals. They do seem to be recognizable by distinctly white scarious margins abruptly set off from the body of the sepals by a definite costulate line. They are here interpreted as a third minor geographic variant.

Undoubtedly the above specific assemblage is closely related to the Atlantic Coastal Q. bracteolata and m a y some day have to be associated with it.

Distribution:Peru South America| Ecuador South America| Brazil South America| Colombia South America|