Monographs Details: Ocotea neesiana (Miq.) Kosterm.
Authority: Allen, Caroline K. 1966. Contributions to the botany of Guiana. II. Lauraceae. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 15: 53-95.
Family:Lauraceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - SURINAME. Wilhelmina Gebergte, on loose soil on granite cliff near summit of hill, West Rivier, ca. 4 km S of Juliana Top, H. S. Irwin, G. T. Prance, T R. Soderstrom & N. Holmgren 33292 (fr. NY); forested slopes on summit of granitic hill, ca. 5 km east of confluence of Lucie and Oost Riviers, H. S. Irwin, G. T. Prance, T. R. Soderstrom dr N. Holmgren 33693 (fr. NY). VENEZUELA. Territorio Delta Amacuro: east side of Rio Cuyubini, vicinity of large granitic boulders, Cerro La Paloma, Sierra Imataca, Julian A. Steyermark 87634 (fr. NY), 87633 (fl. NY); (?) Bolivar: Altiplanicie de Nuria, at summit of west-facing wooded escarpment, north of road, E of Miamo, Hato de Nuria, Steyermark 88834 (fr. NY).

Discussion:

Nectandra neesiana Miquel, Linnaea 18: 745. 1844. Ocotea fallax Miquel, Stirp. Surinam. 202. 1850; Mez, Jahrb. Bot. Gart. Berlin 5: 310. 1889.

Type. Suriname, Hostmann & Kappler 1433 (holotype, female fl. U; photo. GH). Distribution. Shrub (original collectors) or tree to 10 m, bearing terete branchlets with leaves usually prominently reticulate on both surfaces, numerous, short inflorescences that are axillary and subterminal, occurring in French and Dutch Guiana and possibly eastern Venezuela.

The leaves of Steyermark 88834 show fewer pairs of nerves, more ascending than those of typical O. neesiana and much more prominent on the lower surface; the fruiting pedicel is longer, in some instances, but this is of little importance as a distinguishing character. Further collections will probably clarify the discrepancy.

Distribution:Suriname South America| Venezuela South America|