Monographs Details: Ocotea crassifolia (Nees) Mez
Authority: Maguire, Bassett & Wurdack, John J. 1964. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part V. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 10: 1-278.
Family:Lauraceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. A small tree with dioecious flowers on slopes of Mount Roraima and neighboring Sarven-tepui, Bolivar, Venezuela, 1400 m alt. VENEZUELA. Bolivar: along Rio Sarven between Camps 3 and 4, Wurdack 34076 ([male] fl. NY).

Discussion:

Oreodaphne crassifolia Nees, Linnaea 21: 520. 1848.

Type. Im Brittischen Guiana bei Roraima, Rich. Schomburgk 934 (isotype, [male] fl., photo & leaf fragm. F).

A species striking because of the large, leathery, densely reticulate leaves borne on stout, dark, reddish-brown petioles which contrast with the mature branchlets early changing from dark red to grey. Here may belong the Tate 246 (st. NY) collected in 1928. In habit the branchlets appear to simulate those of Ocotea sprucei (Meissner) Mez, which, however, bear smaller, more orbicular leaves without prominent reticulation.

Distribution:Venezuela South America|