Monographs Details: Myrcia coumete (Aubl.) DC.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1969. The botany of the Guayana Highland-part VIII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 18: 1-290.
Family:Myrtaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - S U R I N A M E . Confluence of Paloemeu and Tapanahoni Rivers, ca 3°20' N,55°27' W , 13 Apr 1963 (imm fr), Wessels Boer 1265 (MICH, U ) ; along the OelemariRiver, ca 3°6' N , 54°33' W , 19 Mar 1963 (fl), Wessels Boer 997 (MICH, U ).BRAZIL. Amapa: Serra do Navio, along Rio Amapari, elev 70-300 m, 24 Nov 1954(fr), Cowan 38573 (MICH), 25 Nov 1954 (fl). Cowan 38611 (MICH).

Discussion:

Eugenia coumete Aubl., PI. Guiane Fr. 497. pi. 196. 1775.

Aulomyrcia coumeta (Aubl.) Berg, Linnaea 27: 60. 1855.

A large-flowered species of the group centering around Myrcia fallax and M. splendens, M . coumete is known to me from Suriname, French Guiana, and Amapa only. It was reported by Amshoff (Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 45: 175. 1958) from Costa Rica and Panama. For description, see Amshoff (Fl. Suriname 3(2): 96. 1951). The specific epithet was spelled "coumete" by Aublet, but changed by de Candolle to "coumeta."

The summit of the ovary is flat, and the hypanthium is not prolonged beyond it, i.e., these structures are exactly those of Myrcia s. str., and the reason for Berg's assignment of the species to Aulomyrcia is not clear. H e saw a specimen at Berlin ("ex herb. mus. Paris, no. 442"), and described clearly the "hypanthium supra germen . valde productum." Some other species may have been involved. The Aublet specimen in the British Museum, as already noted by Amshoff (Rec. Trav. Bot. Neerl. 42: 20. 1950), seems to represent the present species, as does Aublet's original plate.

Distribution:Suriname South America|