Monographs Details: Guettarda crispiflora subsp. discolor var. sabiceoides (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. Colombia and Ecuador. El Valle de Cauca: arriba de La Habana (Buga-Cordillera Central), alt 1950-2500 m, 19 Aug 1966, Espinal T 2005; La Gallera, Micay Valley, Cordillera Occidental, alt 1400-1500 m, 29-30 Jun 1922, Killip 7699. Caldas: 5 km ENE of Filandia, on highway from Pereira to Armenia, lat 4° 40' N, long 75° 37' W, alt 2050 m, 31 Oct 1943, Fosberg 21314. Without locality: Triana 1749; Lehmann B. F. 860 ECUADOR. Prov. Napo-Pastaza: Quijos River region below Baeza, on crest of ridge of Salada, between Chaco and mouth of Río Salado, alt 1888 m, 3 Mar 1944, Ownbey 2689. Prov. El Oro: Zaruma Basin, Monos, 14 km WNW of Zaruma, lat 3° 40' S, long 79° 43' W, alt 1230-1280 m, 11 Feb 1945, Fosberg & Giler 22972.

Discussion:

Guettarda sabiceoides Standley, Field Mus. Publ. Bot. 4: 291. 1928.

Type. Forests of the Rio Palacé, highlands of Popayan, Colombia, alt 1500-1800 m, Lehmann B.T. 950 (cited as 960 originally by Standley, later changed to 950).

The variations of G. crispiflora appear to fall within two principal subspecific categories: (1) with the calyx lobes more prominently developed, relatively more elongated corolla and corolla tube, and ovary and fruit usually 4-celled, and (2) with the calyx lobes scarcely developed or obscure, less elongated corolla, and ovary and fruit varying from usually 5- to 6-celled. The former group belongs to G. crispiflora subsp crispiflora, with the leaf surface beneath varying from glabrous in var crispiflora to densely gray-silvery pubescent in var venezuelensis; the latter group pertains to G. crispiflora subsp discolor, varying from a glabrous leaf surface beneath in var discolor to densely gray-silvery in var sabiceoides. Although the number of cells in the ovary is usually 4 in subsp crispiflora and 5 or 6 in subsp discolor, variation may occur in some specimens examined. In most of the collections of G. crispiflora subsp discolor var sabiceoides, the ovary is 5-celled, but may also be 4-celled, as in Espinal 2005, and 4- or 5-celled in Lehmann 950.

Distribution:Colombia South America| Ecuador South America|