Monographs Details: Mabea saramaccensis Croizat
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1967. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part VII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 17: 1-439.
Family:Euphorbiaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Shrub or small tree of Suriname, British Guiana, and Venezuela (Bolivar). SURINAME. Saramacca River headwaters, frequent, shrub or small tree, single-stemmed to 3 m, Camp no. 2, Km 3.5, Maguire 24886 (topotypes NY, US). BRITISH GUIANA. Pakatu Riverside, Potaro River, Jenman 7411; dense upland bush, Kantaruma-Potaro Landing, Gleason 241 (NY, US) ; Morabukea forest on red soil, latex creamy, scanty, leaves glaucous below, fruit terminal, pendent, globose, apiculata rufous tomentose, 3 cm diam, Isineru Creek, Maza-runi River, F. 2861, FD 6008; 2 1/2 miles from Tumatumari, shrub with branches in verticils; inflorescence drooping from terminal leaf, Linder 8; tree, Kurupung, Jacoba, Leng 162 (US). VENEZUELA. Bolivar: arbol de 10-15 metros, esbelto, especie caracteristica del estrado dominado arboreo en selva climax pluvial al SE de Sta. Elena, 900 m, Bernardi 6758.

Discussion:

Type. Saramacca River Headwaters, Suriname. Frequent, slender shrub to 3 m high; pedicel of flower rare, bracts yellow-green; female flower rose, cup pendent; Middle Camp, border pina swamp, Bassett Maguire 24123 (isotype NY, US).

There is some doubt as to the identity of the last specimen, the leaves being smaller and the elevation of the male bracteal glands higher than in typical M. saramaccensis.

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