Monographs Details: Guettarda tobagensis var. pittieri (Standl.) Steyerm.
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 Venezuela. VENEZUELA. Anzoategui: NE of Bergantin, alt 500-600 m, 12 Mar 1945, Steyermark 61474. Aragua: near Aragua-Miranda border, bordering quebradas between Hacienda Negro and Hacienda Negrito, on slopes S of La Fila Maestra of Interior Coastal Cordillera, NE of San Casimiro, 3-5 km NE of Hacienda Negrito, alt 650 m, 26 Oct 1963, Steyermark 91808. Miranda: selvas pluviales del Guatopo, alt 400-600 m, 20 Nov 1956, Bernardi 5752. D.F.: between Los Caracas and Oritopo, alt 100-200 m, 1 Nov 1962, Steyermark 90969; and 13 Jun 1963, Steyermark 91510.

Discussion:

Guettarda pittieri Standi. Field Mus. Publ. Bot. 8: 60. 1930.

Type. Rio Chico, Miranda, Venezuela, 20 Jun 1923, Jahn 1283 (type collection of Guettarda pittieri Standl.).

Also cited by Standley from D.F., but not seen by the present author, are Moritz 959 from La Guayra, and Fendler 575 from between Caracas and La Guayra.

The Venezuelan material differs from the Tobago plants in having more glabrate leaves and slightly longer peduncles. Standley included the collection of Pittier 9622 under G. pittieri, but this has been treated in the present work as G. roupalaefolia Rusby, having a dense pilosity of loose pubescence on the lower leaf surface and an elongated (2.8 cm) pilose peduncle. The elongated peduncle of this collection accounts for the length of 2.8 cm given by Standley in his original description of G. pittieri.

Distribution:Venezuela South America|