, Volume 70, Issue 3, pp 356–363 | Cite as

Assembling the puzzle of Byrsonima fanshawei (Malpighiaceae): Emended description and new records for a rare species

  • Augusto Francener
  • Rafael Felipe de Almeida
  • Maria Candida Henrique Mamede


Byrsonima fanshawei is a rare species of Malpighiaceae that was described based only on a fruiting specimen from Kaieteur Plateau, Guyana. Here we provide an emended description, including a complete description of floral characters, along with new records of the species from the Brazilian states of Amazonas and Espírito Santo, and the Venezuelan state of Amazonas.


Amazon Forest Atlantic forest Brazil Guyana Malpighiales Venezuela 



We thank Rodolph Delfino Sartin for the drawings; Carlos de Mattos Bicudo, Climbiê Ferreira Hall, and Marco Octávio de Oliveira Pellegrini for suggestions on an early version of the manuscript; the staff and curators of the herbaria cited for their assistance and loans, especially the NY herbarium for scanning the image of the specimen shown in Fig. 4; and Luciana Benatti (Laboratório de Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura - IBt) for the SEM images. AF was sponsored by a Capes doctoral fellowship, and RFA was sponsored by a Capes postdoctoral fellowship. Herbarium visits were supported by the Reflora Malpighiales Project (grant # 563548/2010–0) and Universal Projects (grants #486079/2013–9 and #422747/2016-5).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Augusto Francener
    • 1
  • Rafael Felipe de Almeida
    • 2
  • Maria Candida Henrique Mamede
    • 1
  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade Vegetal e Meio AmbienteInstituto de BotânicaSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Vegetal, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Departamento de BotânicaUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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