Monographs Details: Nectandra guianensis Meisn.
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. Shrub or small tree of British Guiana and Suriname extending into the Rio Caroni area of Bolivar, Venezuela, south to the border between Brazil and Venezuela up to 750 m. VENEZUELA. Bolivar: selvas de Guairampai, Lasser 1374 (fl. NY, US); occasional at woodland edge near Fazenda Natal, 10-12 km northeast of Fazenda Vista Geral, frontier between Territorio do Rio Braneo, Brazil and Estado Bolivar, Cerro do Sol, Maguire dc Maguire 40248 (y. fr. NY). BRITISH GUIANA. From part secondary Maximiliana marsh forest, Powis Creek, Courantyne River, For. Dept. British Guiana 5399 (Field No. 2611) (fl., fr. NY).

Discussion:

Nectandra salicifolia Nees, Linnaea 21: 506. 1848 (ex parte, non Syst. Laurin; syntype, Schomburgk 858, isotype, fl. NY).

Nectandra salicifolia var. ß Nees, Linnaea 21: 507. 1848; isotype, Hostmann 973, st. NY).

Vernacular Name. Shirua (Brit. Guiana).

Of the paratypes cited by Meissner, the following only were available: Schomburgk 549 (fl. NY), from Roraima, British Guiana, and Hostmann dc Kappler 579 (st. NY). The numbers I have cited agree with the paratypes and with the only syntype available for study at present.

Superficially, this species has the aspect of N. cymbarum, but the leaves differ in the type of venation; the much smaller flowers bear very broad anthers without attenuated connectives; and the smaller fruits are subtended by cupules more typical of the genus Nectandra as it has generally been recognized.

Distribution:Venezuela South America| Guyana South America| Suriname South America| Brazil South America|