Monographs Details: Faramea corymbosa Aubl.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1967. The botany of the Guayana Highland--Part VII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 17: 1-439.
Family:Rubiaceae
Scientific Name:Faramea corymbosa Aubl.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - French Guiana and Amazonian northern Brazil. FRENCH GUIANA. Without locality, Perrottet s.n.; without locality, Leblond s.n. BRAZIL. Amapa: dense jungle, 4 km N of dining and recreation area of ICOMI on Serra do Navio, on Rio Amapari, Rio Araguari, Pires, Rodrigues & Irvine 50255; Serra do Navio, Rio Araguari, Pires, Rodrigues & Irvine 51196; Curiau, proximo a Macapa, Pires A Silva 4816; Serra do Navio, Rio Amapari, on north slopes of Observatorio Ore Body, alt 70-300 m, Cowan 38255; Serra do Navio, Rio Amapari, lowland forest along trail to Serra do Viado, alt 70-300 m, Cowan 38385, 38397; Amazonas: Terra firma, basin of creek Belem, basin of Rio Solimoes, Municipality Silo Paulo de Oliveira, Krukoff 8722; Sao Felipe, upper Rio Negro, Baldwin 3216; Ega, Amazon, Poeppig 2725 ( type of Faramea pendula), and photo of type of Poeppig 2725 from B.

Discussion:

Faramea pendula Poepp. & Endl., Nov. Gen. & Sp. 3: 29.1845.

Faramea truncala A. DC., Prodr. 4: 496. 1830, non Coffea truncata Veil., 1811 (basionym of Faramea truneala Mull.-Arg., 1875).

Type. In sylvis Caux, French Guiana, Aublet.

In Aublet’s original description, no bracts are mentioned nor are depicted in pi. 40. Aublet's plate shows three peduncles with 10-15 flowers on each peduncle. Richard (Mem. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 5. pl. 7, no. 1) shows a plate with 6 umbellately arranged, pedicellate flowers at the top of a peduncle, and the calyx is shown with short teeth.

In the original description of F. pendula, Poeppig and Endlicher stated that the “bractcis pedicellis aequantibus, lanceolatis,” but no such lanceolate bracts are to be found in the isotype collections I have examined from F and NY; on the F fragment there is one subulate bract 2 mm long on the outside of one of the peduncles, but apparently the other bracts have fallen from the other peduncles. The combined length of the calyx and hypanthium on the isotype specimens of F. pendula is 1.2-1.5 mm, which is only slightly longer than in the other specimens examined of F. corymbosa, in which the combined length is 1-1.2 mm, but otherwise the isotype specimens match the other specimens which I have placed with F. corymbosa.

Distribution:French Guiana South America| Brazil South America|