|Vaccinium hamiguitanense P.W. Fritsch|
in Fritsch, Amoroso, Coritico & Penneys, 2020.
Vaccinium hamiguitanense, a new species from the Philippines, is described and illustrated. The new species is most similar to V. gitingense Hook. f. but differs by having smaller leaf blades, leaf blade margins with 2 to 4 impressed more or less evenly distributed crenations (glands) per side, inflorescences with fewer flowers, shorter pedicels that are puberulent and muriculate, and a glabrous floral disk. The new species is endemic to Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental Province of Mindanao Island in Tropical Upper Montane Rain Forest and low (“bonsai”) forest on clay derived from ultramafic rock. We assign an IUCN Red List preliminary status as Data Deficient.
Keywords: Endemic, IUCN Red List, Mindanao, new species, Philippines, Vaccinium
Vaccinium hamiguitanense P.W. Fritsch, sp. nov.
Haec species Vaccinio gitingensi Elmer simillima, sed ab eo foliis parvioribus ad margine crenulatis, floribus inflorescentiae paucioribus, pedicellis brevioribus puberulis muriculatis, disco glabro differt.
Etymology.— The specific epithet refers to Mt. Hamiguitan, to which the species is endemic.