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

Eugenia melinonis Sagot, Ann. Sci. Nat. VI. 20: 194. 1885.

The type of Eugenia coffeifolia was from French Guiana, as was that of E. melinonis. I have seen the lectotype of the former at G - D C {Patris s n represented by Field Mus. neg. 7936). Sagot cited neither collector nor locahty in the protologue of E. melinonis, but at P there are 3 specimens so named by him; the lectotvpe is an ample flowering specimen of E. coffeifolia, labelled "Maroni," collected by Melinon in 1865, and bearing an analysis in the hand of Sagot.

The species ranges from the Lesser Antilles (according to Urban) to Para; apparently it has not been reported from Trinidad nor from British Guiana. I have not seen any modern specimens from French Guiana. V E N E Z U E L A . Delta Amacuro: Serrania Imataca, El Palmar-Raudal trail, 2-6 k m S W of Rio Guanamo, elev 270-470 m, 22 N ov 1955 (fl), Wurdack & Monachino 39716 ( M I C H ) . S U R I N A M E. Wilhelmina Gebergte, Zuid Rivier, 45 k m above confluence with Lucie Rivier, elev 270 m, 23 Sep 1963 (bud), h-win et al 55973 ( M I C H ) , 27 Sep 1963 (fl), Invinet al 57658 (MICH). FRENCH GUIANA. "Cayenne," Martin sn (BR). BRAZIL. Amapa: Serra do Navio, Rio Amapari, slopes of Macaco Ore Body, elev 220-275 m, 10 Nov 1954 (fr). Cowan 38222 (MICH), 12 Nov 1954 (fr), Cowan 38277 (MICH);' Rio Oiapoque, 19 Oct 1950 (fl), Froes 26688 (MICH); Rio Oiapoque, near Mt.Carupina, elev 10-80 m, 14 Oct 1960 (fl), Pires & Westra 48833 (MICH); Rio Oiapoque, Mt. Tipac, 200-250 m, 15 Oct 1960 (fl), Irwin 48729 (MICH). Para: South forest of Instituto Agronomico do Norte, Belem, 18 Dec 1942 (fl, fr). Archer 7997 (MICH, N Y ) .

Amshoff (Fl. Suriname 3(2): 119. 1951) treats Myrciaria ramiflora Berg (Linnaea 27: 334. 1856) as a synonym of Eugenia coffeifolia. The type of M . ramiflora was a specimen from the island of St. Vincent, which Berg saw at Vienna. I could not locate this specimen at Vienna in 1966. From Berg's description, it is possible that the plant he had was E. coffeifolia.