Monographs Details: Ocotea revoluta Moldenke
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
Scientific Name:Ocotea revoluta Moldenke
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. Known only from Cerro Duida, the type locality, Venezuela, this shrub bearing leathery, shining leaves which are ovate-oblong or ovatelanceolate, 4-7 cm long and 1.5-3.5 cm broad, is occasional on the upper slopes of the mountains. VENEZUELA. Amazonas: occasional on upper slopes of Culebra Peak, above Indian village of Culebra, Maguire & Maguire, Jr. 29131 (fr. NY); ? Tate 610 (st. NY).

Discussion:

Type. Shrub on slopes of the Savanna Hills of Mount Duida, Amazonas, Venezuela, 4400 ft, Aug 1928-Apr 1929, G. H. H. Tate 821 (holotype, fr. NY).

So far collected in only the fruiting stage, but not to be confused with any other known species because of the distinctive leaves which are smooth, leathery, with revolute margins, and the short, stout infructescences bearing fruits subtended by sturdy, somewhat cyathiform cupules.

The placement of the species with certainty at this time is not possible. There is nothing against its inclusion in the genus Ocotea, although eventually flowering material will establish this point, as well as its relationship within the genus, to which it will then be definitely assigned.

Distribution:Venezuela South America|