Monographs Details: Perama galioides var. hispida f. hispida
Authority: Maguire, Bassett & Wurdack, John J. 1964. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part V. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 10: 1-278.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. Usually low, rather moist savannas of southwestern and southern Venezuela. VENEZUELA. Amazonas: Atures, Chaffanjon 177, ex herb. Paris (topotype, F); Savanna of Atures, Sept 1887, A. Gaillard 267, ex herb. Paris (topotype, F); Puerto Ayacucho, Alto Orinoco; 23 May 1940, Williams 13089 (F, VEN); occasional in low-lying park-like savanna at Santa Barbara, junction of rios Orinoco and Ventuari; 22 Feb 1951, Cowan & Wurdack 32036 (NY); abundant on savanna on left bank of Caño Caname just below Limoncito, Rio Guainia; alt. 130 m; 14 Oct 1957, Maguire, Wurdack, Keith, & Maguire 41884 (NY); Sabana Pacimoni, Rio Pacimoni; 2 Oct 1957, Maguire, Wurdack, Keith, & Maguire 41667 (NY); savanna on left bank of Cano Hechimoni, Rio Siapa; 9 Feb 1954, Maguire, Wurdack, & Bunting 37614 (NY); Cerro Guanay: Caño Verada; 30 Jan 1951, Maguire 31644 (NY). Bolivar: Auyan-tepui; alt. 1100 m; Apr 1956, Vareschi & Foldats 4576 f. (VEN); Sierra Ichun: Salto Maria Espuma, Rio Paragua; 28 Dec 1961, Steyermark 90389 A (NY, VEN).
Perama galioides var. hispida (H.B.K.) Steyermark.
Mattuschkea hispida H.B.K. Nov. Gen. & Sp. PI. 2: 271. 1817.
The type collection of Mattuschkea hispida H.B.K., basionym of Perama
hispida, was collected by Humboldt and Bonpland from '' arenosis humidis prope
Atures Orinocensium" (Nov. Gen. & Sp. PL 2: 271. 1817). I have not seen the
holotype, but have interpreted the topotype collections of Chaffanjon 177, A.
Gaillard 267, and Williams 13089, as representing the plant described by Humboldt
and Bonpland. These topotype collections are in agreement with such items
in the description as: "ramis . . . hispidis," "Folia terna, linearia ant linearilanceolata,
hispidula," "Calyx . . laciniis margine hispido-ciliatis." Although
the leaves in the Williams 13089 and Gaillard 267 specimens are slightly broader
and less generally linear or linear-lanceolate, the Chaffanjon 177 collection is a
better match in this respect. However, all three collections exhibit the pubescent
leaves and stems. Since the lower portion of the stems in the Williams 13089
collection has spreading hairs, I have interpreted the Metttuschkea hispida as a
taxon having spreading hairs on the lower part of the stem.
Of the collections cited above two are atypical. One (Maguire, Wurdack, d;
Bunting 37614) with the outer surface of the corollas glabrous and with the
spreading leaves glabrate to only sparsely pubescent may represent a hybrid
between var. galioides and var. hispida. It is placed in the var. hispida because
of the spreading hairs on the lower portion of the stem. The other, represented
by Maguire, Wurdack, Keith, & Maguire 41667, has the heads elongated to 17 mm
long, varying from 5-17 mm, but otherwise appears to be referable to var. hispida
Distribution:Venezuela South America