Vaccinium hamiguitanense (Ericaceae), a new species from the Philippines

  • Peter W. Fritsch Botanical Research Institute of Texas
  • Victor B. Amoroso Center for Biodiversity Research & Extension in Mindanao (CEBREM) & Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Central Mindanao University
  • Fulgent P. Coritico Center for Biodiversity Research & Extension in Mindanao (CEBREM) & Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Central Mindanao University
  • Darin S. Penneys Department of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Keywords: Endemic, IUCN Red List, Mindanao, new species, Philippines, Vaccinium

Abstract

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.

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Published
2020-12-07
How to Cite
Fritsch, P. W., Amoroso, V. B., Coritico, F. P., & Penneys, D. S. (2020). Vaccinium hamiguitanense (Ericaceae), a new species from the Philippines. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 14(2), 281-287. https://doi.org/10.17348/jbrit.v14.i2.1009

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