Monographs Details: Simira longifolia (Willd.) Bremek.
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1972. The botany of the Guayana Highland--part IX. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 23: 1-832.
Family:Rubiaceae
Description:Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. Coastal Cordillera of northern Venezuela. Distrito Federal: Caracas, Bredemeyer (photo of type from B). Miranda: orillas del Río Cuira, y en bosque de cerro, selvas pluviales del Guatopo, alt 400-600 m, 21 Nov 1956, Bernardi 5784; El Guapo-Cúpira, alt 100 m, Jul 1957, Aristeguieta 2863; along narrow knife-edge ridge of Morro de Aguaramal, Parque Nacional de Guatopo, trail between carretera to summit of Morro de Aguaramal, passing Río Taquasito and Río San Lorenzo, alt 800 m, 25 Nov 1961, Steyermark 90053. Aragua: Cuesta oriental de Yuma, en quebrada, 24 Jul 1962, Trujillo 5247. Carabobo: between Valencia and Yuma, dry forest, alt 500 m, 24 Dec 1938, Alston 5662; Cuesta de Yuma, 1 Jan 1968, Trujillo 8749.

Discussion:

Sickingia longifolia Willd., Ges. Naturf. Fr. Neue Schr. 3: 445. 1801.

Chimarrhis longifolia Baill., Adansonia 12: 302. 1879.

Type. Waldigen Gebirgen der Provinz Caracas, Venezuela, Bredemeyer.

The description and plate 1498 in Hook. Ic.15. 1885 refers to Sickingia oliveri Schum. [Mart. Fl. Bras. 6(6): 231-232. 1889], and not Sickingia longifolia Willd. as identified by Oliver.

A foliar appendage, somewhat resembling species of Capirona or Calycophyllum, is sometimes found attached to a portion of the inflorescence in S. longifolia, often at or near the end of a branch of the inflorescence. This has lateral nerves radiating nearly all from the base. These nerves are reduced to three or four on each side. This leafy appendage may attain 11 × 5 cm, as in Alston 5662 and Steyermark 90053, or may be reduced to 3.5 × 1.3 cm as in Bernardi 5784. It is obovate and of a drier, more chartaceous consistency than the normal foliar leaves.

Distribution:Venezuela South America|