Monographs Details: Aniba megaphylla Mez
Authority: Allen, Caroline K. 1966. Contributions to the botany of Guiana. II. Lauraceae. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 15: 53-95.
Family:Lauraceae
Scientific Name:Aniba megaphylla Mez
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Tree described from the Guianas, with subverticillate leaves, chartaceous or somewhat coriaceous, obovate or obovate-elliptic, with an abruptly rounded base, short-petiolate to subsessile, and bearing subterminal as well as axillary inflorescences; also currently reported from neighboring Brazil in Amapa and Sucre, Venezuela.BRAZIL. Amapa: Rio Araguari, 1° 40' N-51° 56' W, J. M. Pires, IT7???. Rodrigues & G. C. Irvine 50497 (fl. NY); frequent along river, vicinity Camp I, 50719 (fl., fr. NY) : occasional upland plant, between 1° 55' N-51° 59' to 2° 5' N-51° 56' W, 50657 (fl. NY). SURINAME. Wilhelmina Gebergte, forested lower slopes, Frederik Top, 2.5 km SE of Juliana Top, Bassett Maguire, J. Schulz, T R. Soder-strom & N. Holmgren 54415 (fl. NY), forested hills and steep-sided gorge, 2 km S of Juliana Top, in thicket, H. S. Invin, G. T. Prance, T. R. Soderstrom & A. Holmgren 54618 (fl., fr. NY). VENEZUELA. Sucre: Peninsula de Paria, Cerro Patao, Norte de Puerto de Hierro, Noreste de Giiiria; selva siempre verde, que-brada con riachuelo, arriba del Campamento, abajo de la fila, por debajo de la cumbre, Steyermark & Agostini 91169 (fl., fr. NY).

Discussion:

Type. French Guiana. Leprieur 225 (isotype, photo. & If. fragm. F).

A situation comparable to that noted among the representatives of the species A. hostmamiiana obtains in the above. Variation of leaf size seems to abound in this region. Very possibly, the Wilhelmina material cited may belong to a distinct species, for the leaves differ in that the lateral nerves originate at very nearly right angles from the costa. In general, however, the specimens conform to the characters of the other numbers cited. It may be noted that in numbers 54618 and 50719 the three inner, biglandular stamens are united to form a tube which may or may not be of lasting duration.

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