First collection of Miconia turquinensis (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) with flowers, and comparison with M. remotiflora, a putative close relative


  • Walter S. Judd Department of Biology and Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
  • Eldis R. Bécquer Jardín Botánico Nacional, Universidad de La Habana
  • Lucas C. Majure Department of Research, Conservation and Collections, Desert Botanical Garden



Miconia turquinensis, Miconia remotifolia, Miconia acunae, Miconia sect. Chaenopleura, Miconieae, Melastomataceae, Cuba


Miconia turquinensis, a species previously known only from specimens with immature inflorescences (two collections, including the type), in vegetative condition (six other collections), or in fruit (three collections) is now known from flowering material collected by Fabian Michelangeli and the second author (among others) in the Sierra Maestra, near the summit of Pico Turquino, Cuba. A revised description of this species, including previously unknown floral characters, is presented, and the species is compared to M. remotiflora, also of the Sierra Maestra, and a putative close relative. The phylogenetic position of M. turquinensis within Miconia sect. Chaenopleura is confirmed morphologically, and M. remotiflora is placed in this section for the first time.


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Judd, W. S. ., Bécquer, E. R. ., & Majure, L. C. . (2017). First collection of Miconia turquinensis (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) with flowers, and comparison with M. remotiflora, a putative close relative. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 11(1), 161–167.

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