Monographs Details: Stephanopodium estrellense var. organense Rizzini
Synonyms:Stephanopodium estrellense var. organense Rizzini
Description:Description - Small tree, the young branches sparsely tomentellous, becoming glabrous with age. Leaves oblong to oblong-lanceolate, membraneous, 3.5-8.5 cm long, 1.5-3.7 cm broad, the apex tapered to a long thin acumen 5.0-15.0 mm long, cuneate and equal or slightly unequal at base, with a few stiff appressed hairs especially near the base and midrib beneath; midrib plane above; prominent and with an appressed pubescence beneath; primary veins 8-10 pairs, arcuate, anastomosing; petioles 5.0-7.0 mm long, shallowly canaliculate, appressed pubescent. Stipules lanceolate, subpersistent, to 4.0 mm long, tomentellous. Flowers hermaphrodite, borne in small sessile glomerules inserted on petiole; pedicels 1.0-2.0 mm long; bracteoles minute, ovate, tomentellous, persistent. Calyx 3.0-3.5 mm long, gray puberulous on exterior, the lobes slightly unequal. Corolla included, of 5 small equal, entire lobes inserted on a long tube, the tube glabrous on both surfaces except for a few hairs beneath anthers. Fertile stamens 5, alternating with corolla lobes, the anthers sessile, inserted at mouth of corolla tube, exceeding corolla lobes. Ovary bilocular with 2 ovules in each loculus, tomentose on exterior. Style single, the apex trifid, glabrous. Disc of 5 large glabrous glands, inserted at base of corolla tube. Fruit not seen.
This species is quite distinct from S. estrellense with which Rizzini associated it. It differs in the glabrous and smaller leaves, and in the flower structure. I have therefore elevated Rizzini’s variety to specific rank.
Collected in flower in March.
Distribution:Brazil South America
| Minas Gerais Brazil South America
| Rio de Janeiro Brazil South America