Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on Miconia crenata and related species (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) in the Greater Antilles

  • Walter S. Judd Department of Biology and Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
  • Gretchen M. Ionta Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Georgia College and State University
  • Lucas C. Majure Desert Botanical Garden
  • Fabián A. Michelangeli Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden
Keywords: Clidemia, Clidemia hirta, Cuba, Heterotrichum, Hispaniola, Maieta


The nomenclature and phylogenetic placement of five species of Miconieae in the Greater Antilles with conspicuous multicellular, simple, elongate, eglandular or gland-headed hairs, pseudolateral inflorescences, and flowers with elongated calyx teeth, 5–8, white, rounded petals, white, ovate anthers, and purple- or blue-black fruits are considered. These species have traditionally been considered within the polyphyletic genus Clidemia, but are here transferred to Miconia sensu lato. Four new combinations are presented, i.e., Miconia dependens (D. Don) Judd & Majure, M. erythropogon (DC.) Judd & Ionta, M. octona (Bonpl.) Judd & Majure, and M. strigillosa (Sw.) Judd & Ionta. Finally, we note that the widespread and economically important species previously known as Clidemia hirta (L.) DC., when considered within Miconia, bears the name Miconia crenata (Vahl) Michelang.


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Judd, W. S., Ionta, G. M., Majure, L. C., & Michelangeli, F. A. (2018). Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on Miconia crenata and related species (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) in the Greater Antilles. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 12(2), 521-529. Retrieved from