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Reldia longipedunculata (Gesneriaceae), a new species from the Mache-Chindul Mountains of Northwestern Ecuador and an updated checklist of Reldia for the Neotropics
- Clark, John L.
- Brittonia 2015 v.67 no.4 pp. 284-291
- Gesneriaceae, Neotropics, inflorescences, leaves, mountains, new species, Ecuador
- A new species, Reldia longipedunculata (Gesneriaceae, tribe Beslerieae), is described from the Mache-Chindul Mountains near the border of the Bilsa Biological Research Station in northwestern Ecuador (province of Esmeraldas). The new species differs from all other species of Reldia by the presence of erect peduncles to 10 cm long and narrowly obovate leaves. An updated checklist and key are provided for the seven currently recognized species of Reldia. A previous infraspecific variety is recognized at the species rank as Reldia veraguensis. The presence of pedunculate inflorescences is discussed as a common character in five of the seven species of Reldia.