Monday, February 27, 2017

[Botany • 2017] Lysipomia petrosa • A New Species of Lysipomia (Campanulaceae) from Ecuador

Lysipomia petrosa  T.J. Ayers


Lysipomia petrosa from Azuay province, Ecuador, is described as new and compared with the related species L. bilineata and L. caespitosa.

Keywords: endemism, páramo, taxonomy, Eudicots

Figure 2.  Lysipomia petrosa  T.J. Ayers, Habitat.
Photos by T. Ayers. 

Lysipomia petrosa T.J. Ayers, sp. nov.  
Diagnosis:— Glabrous perennial with thick branching rhizomes covered with densely crowded, overlapping persistent leaves or leaf bases. Leaves narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, apex acute with a terminal gland, the margins entire, slightly thickened and whitish with age, with 2–3 irregular pairs of glands. Flowers pseudo-resupinate, corolla bilabiate, fruit sessile, hidden among persistent leaf bases, globose, thickened, with 10 broad ribs

Etymology:— The species is named for its specific habitat perched well above ground level where it grows in mossy crevices of large boulders that rise above the shrubby páramo.

Tina J. Ayers, Petr Sklenář and Diana M. Fernández. 2017. A New Species of Lysipomia (Campanulaceae) from Ecuador. Phytotaxa. 297(1); 097–100. DOI:  10.11646/phytotaxa.297.1.13

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