Monographs Details: Simira tinctoria Aubl.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1972. The botany of the Guayana Highland--part IX. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 23: 1-832.
Family:Rubiaceae
Scientific Name:Simira tinctoria Aubl.
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. French Guiana and Suriname. FRENCH GUIANA. 1863, Melinon s n; ile portal, Maroni, Oct 1851, Sagot sn; Maroni, 1864, Melinon s n. SURINAME. Corantijne, 10 Sep 1911, Gonggrijp 140; Kaboerie nr. 677, 1920, B.W. 4950; 1949, Bosbeheer Suriname 173.

Discussion:

Sickingia tinctoria (Aubl.) Lemée, FI. Guyane Franc. 3: 505. 1954, not Sickingia tinctoria (H.B.K.) Schum. 1889 nor of most authors.

Psychotria tinctoria (Aubl.) Raeusch., Nom. Bot. ed. 3. 55. 1797.

Psychotria parviflora Willd., Sp. PI. 1: 962. 1798.

Psychotria simira R. & S., Syst. Veg. 5: 187. 1819.

Type. “Forets d’Orapu,” French Guiana, Aublet.

Thanks to the considerate generosity of the authorities of the British Museum (Natural History), my examination of the Aublet type collection of Simira tinctoria confirms Bremekamp’s identity and conclusions concerning this taxon [Acta Bot. Neerl. 3(1): 150-153. 1954], subsequently supported by Sandwith’s examination of the type collection [Kew Bull. 17(2): 258. 1963]. This taxon has been confused by most authors with what must now be designated Simira rubescens, based on Sprucea rubescens Benth. (Hook. Jour. Bot. Kew Misc. 5: 230. 1853). Simira tinctoria differs from S. rubescens in the much greater number of pairs of lateral nerves of the leaf blades, the absence of elongate hairs on the lower midrib of the leaf blades, the smaller corollas, the smaller calyx lobes, and the larger size of the leaf blades.

Distribution:French Guiana South America| Suriname South America|