, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 90–110 | Cite as

Taxonomic revision of Miconia sect. Calycopteris (Melastomataceae, Miconieae) in Cuba

  • Eldis R. Bécquer
  • Walter S. Judd
  • Lucas C. Majure


Miconia sect. Calycopteris consists of 13 species endemic to Cuba and Hispaniola. In this work, we give updated descriptions, nomenclatural information, geographic distributions, citation of all specimens examined, as well as habitat descriptions for each of the six species that occur on Cuba, five of which are endemic and one shared with Hispaniola. We also provide a key for all species of the section including the seven species endemic to Hispaniola. One new name, Miconia charleswrightii, and two new combinations are provided in Miconia, M. clementeana and M. heterophylla. Seven names are typified: Calycogonium heterophyllum Naudin, Calycogonium productum C. Wright, Clidemia barbeyana Cogn., Clidemia clementeana Britton, Clidemia wrightii Griseb., Melastoma calycopteris Rich. and Miconia pterosepala Urb.


Caribbean Calycogonium Clidemia Charles Wright taxonomy typification 


Miconia sect. Calycopteris posee 13 especies endémicas de Cuba y la Española, en este trabajo se ofrece la descripción actualizada, información nomenclatural, especímenes revisados, distribución geográfica y hábitat de las seis especies que habitan en Cuba, cinco de ellas endémicas y una compartida con la Española. Además, una clave de identificación de todas las especies de la sección que incluye las siete especies endémicas de la Española. Se presentan un nuevo nombre, Miconia charleswrightii, y dos nuevas combinaciones en Miconia, M. clementeana y M. heterophylla. Se tipifican siete nombres: Calycogonium heterophyllum Naudin, Calycogonium productum C. Wright, Clidemia barbeyana Cogn., Clidemia clementeana Britton, Clidemia wrightii Griseb., Melastoma calycopteris Rich. y Miconia pterosepala Urb.



We thank the curators and staff of the herbaria (A, F, GH, HAC, K, MO, NY, S, US and YU) who generously provided specimens on loan. Norris Williams and Kent Perkins assisted the second and third authors in their work at FLAS. Fabián A. Michelangeli assisted during the visit of the first author to the herbarium of New York Botanical Garden (NY) in 2013 and 2016 and The US National Herbarium (US) in 2016; Patrick Sweeney assisted during the visit to the herbarium of the Yale University (YU) in 2013; Walter Kittredge assisted during the visit to the Harvard University Herbaria (GH) in 2016, a trip supported by Gary Koller and Peter Norris. Herman Manitz assisted during the visit of the first author to the herbarium of the Friedrich–Schiller University of Jena (JE) in 2010, and Sara Bollendorf assisted during the visit to the herbarium of the Botanic Garden of the Botanical Museum Berlin–Dahlem (BGBM) in 2010, a trip supported by the Association of Friends of the Botanic Garden. We are grateful to Rosa Rankin (HAJB) and Walter Kittredge (GH), for their invaluable help with determination of localities from Wright’s collections in Cuba. Numerous individuals helped in fieldwork, most notably Fabian Michelangeli, J. Richard Abbott, and J. Dan Skean, Jr. We also thank the Planta! Initiative and Cuban Botanic Society (SOCUBOT) and the workers of the Ecological Reserve Loma del Gato-Monte Líbano for their support of the first author during the expedition to Loma del Gato. Wilder Carmenate provided the beautiful illustration of M. clementeana. Finally, we thank Dan Skean and the anonymous reviewer for their helpful comments. This research was supported, in part, by National Science Foundation Grant BSR–0818399 and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eldis R. Bécquer
    • 1
  • Walter S. Judd
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lucas C. Majure
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Jardín Botánico NacionalUniversidad de La HabanaLa HabanaCuba
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Florida Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of Research, Conservation, and CollectionsDesert Botanical GardenPhoenixUSA

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