Monographs Details: Myrcia servata McVaugh
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1969. The botany of the Guayana Highland-part VIII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 18: 1-290.
Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Myrcia servata McVaugh
Description:Distribution and Ecology - BRITISH GUIANA, "praesertim ad Roraima," Schomburgk 960 (W, lectotype;F, P, isolectotypes), 1240 {¥, K, probably paratypes); near Bartica, Essequibo Rivernear sea-level, 6 Nov 1929 (fl), Sandwith 562 (P). F R E N C H GUIANA. Maroni,Melinon in 1864 (P); Charvein, 9 Jan 1914 (fl), Benoist 540 (P). V E N E Z U E L A.Delta Amacuro?: Catahna, M a y 1896 (fl), Rusby & Squires 249 {¥, M I C H , N Y ) .Bolivar: Altiplanicie de Nuria, E of Hato de Nuria, elev 570 m, Jul 1960 (sterile),Steyermark 86529 ( M I C H ) ; k m 119 al sur de El Dorado, elev 1030 m, 12 Jan 1964(fl), Steyermark et al 93031 ( M I C H ) ; Cerro Venamo, elev 950-1150 m, 29-30 Dec1963 (fl), Steyermark et al 92331 (MICH).

Discussion:

Myrcia schomburgkiana Berg, Linnaea 27: 110. 1855, nom. illegit

little known species of the M. fallax alliance, this is characterized by relatively narrow leaves that are widest near the middle and acute at base, 3-6(-8) cm long and caudate-acuminate; by abundant pale appressed pubescence in the inflorescence, and by having the calyx-lobes rather densely pubescent on both surfaces. The flowers are larger than those of M . fallax, but not quite as large as those of M . magnoliifolia. The name Myrcia schomburgkiana, which was superfluous when published because Berg cited "Eugenia Mini Aubl. Guian. 1. p. 498. tab. 197" in synonymy, was based on two specimens from Roraima, "Rob. Schomburgk, coll. no. 960; Rich. Schomburgk, coll. no. 1240." Berg saw these "in hb. Berol. et Vindob." It is probable that the two cited numbers represent the same gathering; for an explanation of the numbering system used by the Schomburgk brothers, see the introduction to this paper. A specimen of no. 960 at W , named by Berg, is here designated lectotype, and type of M . servata. It is assumed that the Berhn specimen was no. 1240, and that it has been destroyed. A sheet of no. 1240, "ex herb. Berol. 1859," named by Berg, is at Kew; another sheet at Kew bears the number 960/1248 [sic], and is presumably another isotype. Actually the designation of lectotype here is superfluous, as the type of Berg's name is according to the Code the same as that of Eugenia mini, which is a synonym of Eugenia biflora.

In northern Venezuela certain plants have the calyx-lobes pubescent on the inner surface as in Myrcia servata, the flowers as large as or larger than those of M . fallax, the short panicles of M . splendens, and the leaves about as in M . fallax, i.e., not typically drawn out at base as in M . servata, but petiolate. V E N E Z U E L A . D. F.: Near Caracas, Vargas in 1829 (F); above Antimano, Pittier 13000 (F, N Y ) ; near Caracas, elev 1500 m, 17 Mar 1940 (fl), Vogl 224 (F).

In Trinidad some specimens that would otherwise be referred without question to M. Splendens have the calyx-lobes pubescent within. TRINIDAD. Reservoir Lands near St. Clair Experiment Station, Broadway 2209 ( M I C H ).

Distribution:Guyana South America| French Guiana South America| Venezuela South America|