Monographs Details: Nectandra cuspidata Nees & Mart.
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. Tree probably occurring very widely from Trinidad and Tobago along the lower coastal areas of the Guianas, Venezuela and northern Brazil, from Para westward to the lower Rio Orinoco and Rio Solimoes Basins in Amazonas, south to Paraguay; and occasionally in the Guayana Highland area of Bolivar and Amazonas, Venezuela and adjoining Colombia. VENEZUELA. Bolivar: Kussarivara (El Leon) formaciones secundarias, Uriman, Bernardi 1631 (fl. NY); Amazonas: terrenos arenosos y humidos a orillas del Rio Orinoco en los alrededores de San Fernando, Molina dc Barkley 18 V 174 (fl., y. fr. US); occasional in Sabana Huachapana, left bank of river 30 km above mouth of Rio Ventuari, Maguire, Wurdack & Keith 41469 (fl. NY), along river just below Raudal Gallineta, Rio Siapa, Wurdack & Adderley 43578 (fl. NY). COLOMBIA. Comisaria del Vaupes: en suelos arenosos y selvas densas, region de San Felipe a orillas del Rio Guainia, Molina dc Barkley 18 Va 003 (fr. US); Intendencia del Meta: dense, humid forest. El Mico Airstrip (Camp 1), PhiUpson, Idrobo & Fernandez 1397 (fl. BM).

Discussion:

Types. In ripa Fluminis Amazonum, praesertim ad villam Ega Provinciae Fluminis nigri Brasilae, et in sylvis Japurensibus einsdem Provinciae, lanuario mense ichoante anthesi et cum fructu maturo; porro in sylvis secus fluvios Mane et Amazonum Provinciae Paraensis et Fluminis nigri, Septembre cum floribus fructibusque, Martius (syntypes, fl., fr. M); ad Ega iuxta flumen Amazonum, Poeppig (syntype).

Vernacular Names. Guada-yek (Bernardi); Laurel (common).

Nectandra cuspidata, described from the Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes regions, with a variety macrocarpa from Rio de Janeiro (which may be only a mature fruiting specimen) may bear ellipsoid or globose fruits, always totally exserted and subtended by a shallow, flaring cupule.

The specimens collected by Maguire, Wurdack & Keith and by Wurdack & Adderley are quite similar in every respect, both showing long, narrowly lanceolate leaves with attenuate, tapering tips and numerous, full-flowered inflorescences. The Colombian material bears smaller leaves and fewer, few-flowered inflorescences.

Distribution:Venezuela South America| Colombia South America| Trinidad and Tobago South America| Guyana South America| Venezuela South America| Brazil South America| French Guiana South America| Paraguay South America| Colombia South America|