Monographs Details: Miconia curta (Gleason) Wurdack
Authority: Maguire, Bassett & Wurdack, John J. 1964. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part V. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 10: 1-278.
Family:Melastomataceae
Discussion:

Graffenrieda cnrta Gleas. Fieldiana Bot. 28: 431. 1952.

The blunt dorsal stamen connective tooth, the 1/3 inferior ovary, and the baccate fruit (seen in recent collections, as well as in the paratype) all require placement of this species in Miconia. The calyx is not closed in bud, but with imbricate stellulate-fringed lobes. Of the available flowers in the various collections, 21 were 4-merous and 26 5-merous. Of the ovaries dissected, 3 were 4-celled and 5 3-celled. Most of the leaf blades are shortly plinerved, with occasional basally nerved ones; the blade bases are broadly acute to obtuse (and not rounded as on the holotype). M curta is rather similar to M. laevigata (It.) DC. in the pubescence and membranous calyx lobes, but differs in the denser leaf veinlet reticulation, convex-sided sepals, and somewhat prolonged stamen connective with only a dorsal tooth.