Monographs Details: Myrcia billardiana DC.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1969. The botany of the Guayana Highland-part VIII. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 18: 1-290.
Scientific Name:Myrcia billardiana DC.

Myrtus billardiana H.B.K., Nov. Gen. & Sp. 6: 139, pi. 544. 1823.

This plant, well described and illustrated in the original publication, is apparently endemic in the coastal mountains of northeastern Venezuela. I have not seen anything hke it from our area. It is known only from the type {Humboldt & Bonpland 227, at P, represented by Field Mus. neg. 36877; isotype at B, hb. Willd. 9573), and from Funck & Schlim 29, a widely distributed gathering from Cumana, in the typeregion. It is a member of sect Myrcia as understood in this paper, nearly glabrous, the leaves with many pellucid dots, the midvein broadly channeled-concave above, the lower surface sparingly strigose beneath with grayish hairs up to 1 m m long; hypanthium a little pubescent at base, soon glabrous; calyx-lobes 5, thin, glabrous, not deciduous nor much reflexed; disk 2.5 m m wide, pubescent. The inflorescence in the type-cohection, which is in fruit, is quite glabrous.