Monographs Details: Abuta spicata (Thunb.) Triana & Planch.
Authority: Barneby, Rupert C. & Krukoff, Boris A. 1971. Supplementary notes on American Menispermaceae. VIII. A generic survey of the American Tricilisisae and Anomospermeae. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 22: 1-89.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - COLOMBIA. (?)Mutis2203 (US).
Since our recent note [Mem. N . Y. Bot. Gard. 20(2): 251 on the subject of
Batschia Thunb. we have seen among unidentified Menispermaceae at the Smithsonian
Institution a third specimen from the Mutis herbarium which agrees well, so
far as it goes, with the protologue of the obscure B. spicata Thunb. and m a y prove to
be part of the type collection. The plant has well-preserved leaves and one pistillate
inflorescence, but unfortunately no complete flowers and only tumescent ovaries. However,
the inflorescence is short, and the flowers are not only crowded but sessile; it has
precisely the diagnostic characters originally assigned to B. spicata. The specimen
was examined by Diels who labelled it tentatively as Abuta sp. too incomplete to
describe. We are unable to match it with any known Abuta, and we have reservations
even about assigning it to that genus. The specimen is mentioned here not in order
to identify it but to put its existence into the written record. As exploration of the
Magdalena valley proceeds it is likely that genuine Batschia spicata will be rediscovered.
If a plant from the region can be matched with the Mutis specimen the
mystery of Batschia spicata will be solved.
Distribution:Colombia South America