Saturday, July 6, 2024

[Botany • 2024] Ruellia kalungae (Acanthaceae: Ruellieae) • A New Species from Goiás state, Brazil

Ruellia kalungae  G.V.R.Mendonça & M.J.Silva, 

in Mendonça et da Silva, 2024.
Taxonomic studies about Ruellia from Goiás state, Brazil, ongoing, revealed a new species, R. kalungae, that it is here described and illustrated, and systematically positioned. The novel species is similar to Ruellia nitens in the subshubby erect habit, leaves light green and corolla infundibuliform. However, it differs from the latter by several characters related specially to the shapes and indument of the leaves, bracts and capsules, inflorescence type, aspect and size of the calyx lacinia, presence de bracteoles, and number and shape of the seeds.

Cerrado, Conservation, Cerradicola, taxonomy, Eudicots

Ruellia kalungae

Gustavo Vieira Rodrigues Mendonça and Marcos José da Silva. 2024. A New Species of Ruellia L. (Ruellieae, Acanthaceae) from Goiás state, Brazil.  Phytotaxa. 635(1); 98-104. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.635.1.6