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

For description see Amshoff, and in Fl. Suriname 3(2): 128, 1951. Apparently this is still known from the original collections only. The type, collected by Stahel (B. W . 7109, U ) , is a flowering specimen bearing numerous racemes 3-4.5 cm long. The plant gives the appearance of having been abnormally stimulated to growth; although a few racemes are produced in what seems to be the normal fashion, in the axils of mature leaves, the majority of them are in fascicles at leafless nodes, or forming clusters on new leafless or nearly leafless terminal or lateral shoots. Occasional anomalies of this kind may be seen in many species of ]\Iyrtaceae, but I know of none in which such an extraordinary proliferation of flowering axes is the usual thing. The bracts and bracteoles, also, are elongated more than would ordinarily be expected in a species with broad leaves, and this may be additional evidence of some abnormality of growth. On the other hand, Eugenia trinervia, a species with which E. luciae is compared in the key above, seems often to produce proliferous or multiple racemes, and it may be that this particular feature has evolved in a small group of related species.

In many respects also Eugenia luciae resembles E. tafelbergica Amsh., but on the basis of the meager material at hand the two species are separable; the venation of the leaves is very different in the two, and there are a number of trivial differences in pubescence, leaves and bracteoles