, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 303–308 | Cite as

The enigmatic genus Wernhamia S. Moore is a synonym of Simira (Rubiaceae, Rondeletieae)

  • Piero G. Delprete
  • Michael Nee


Because of its incomplete original description, the monotypic genusWernhamia has long been considered a dubious taxon. Recent Bolivian collections by the junior author and other collections from Peru have revealed the identity ofWernhamia boliviensis; it is synonymous withSimira macrocrater, andWernhamia is therefore congeneric withSimira. A complete description, illustration, and distribution map of this species are provided.

Key words

Sickingia Simira Wernhamia Rondeletieae Rubiaceae Bolivia Brazil Peru 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piero G. Delprete
    • 1
  • Michael Nee
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Systematic BotanyNew York Botanical GardenBronxUSA

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