Friday, August 31, 2012

[Botany • 1998] Emarhendia bettiana • new Genus (Gesneriaceae) from Peninsular Malaysia

Emarhendia bettiana (M.R.Hend.) R. Kiew, A.Weber & B.L.Burtt

Etymology: Named for M. [Murray] R. [Ross] Henderson (1899-1982), a Scottish botanist working mainly in Singapore and the Malay Peninsula.

Ecology: On damp limestone rocks, especially at cave entrances. 

Distribution: Malay Peninsula (Pahang: Bkt. Charas and vicinity). 

Notes: The genus is based on Paraboea bettiana M.R.Hend., which is discordant with the other species of Paraboea (Burtt 1984). A unique feature is the patch of glands on the upper lip of the corolla, also remarkable are the straight plagiocarpic fruits opening only on the upper side.

Kiew, A.Weber & B.L.Burtt.1998. Beitr. Biol. Pflanzen 70(2-3): 400.