Known from a single incomplete specimen in bud, this appears to represent a distinctive
taxon. The leaves (unlike those of the group of E. pseudopsidium which this
plant somewhat resembles) are coriaceous, rigid when dry with somewhat revolute
margins, ovate, 10-13 cm long, 4-6 cm wide, narrowly long-acuminate, abruptly and
broadly rounded at base to a stout dark petiole about 1 cm long; the entire plant is
glabrous except for the ciliate margins of the bracts, bracteoles and flower parts; the
dried leaves are lustrous as if thinly varnished on both surfaces; the midvein is convex
above at least distally, and broad but sometimes flat or biconvex near the base
of the blade; the other fohar veins are indistinctly visible in a way that suggests
that the fresh leaves are somewhat fleshy; the flowers are in short glabrous racemes,
on pedicels 5-10 m m long; the bracteoles narrowly triangular or elliptic but apparently
persistent; the buds 6-7 m m long; the calyx-lobes broad and thin, the inner
ones up to 5 m m long and wide; ovary bilocular, the ovules 20-25 in each locule.
V E N E Z U E L A . Bolivar: Altiplanicie de Nuria, Cerro El Pichacho, 45 k m N of
Tumeremo, elev 620 m, 3 Feb 1961 (bud), Steyermark 89025 ( N Y ).