Anemopaegma citrinum Mart. ex DC.

January 13, 2010

When I first discovered this local specie of liana in flower at the edge of the riparian forest, the only certainty I had that it belonged to Bignoniaceae, and in a more restricted sense, to its tribe Bignoniae and mostly lianas.  It took me a while to pinpoint the genus, Anemopaegma. My main Bignoniae specialist, Lúcia Lohmann, of USP (Universidade de São Paulo), had been unavailable for some time.  I managed to narrow down my determination to the provisional Anemopaegma aff. citrinum Mart. ex DC., using mainly Gentry’s works available online.

So it was a pleasant surprise when I finally heard from Lúcia the other day who confirmed my ID, saying that ‘[t]his is an uncommon species of Anemopaegma – there are very few collections of it even at MOBOT [Missouri Botanical Garden, in the US], the center of Bignoniaceae collections around the globe’.  A duplicate of my vouchered specimen of it at the HUEFS (Popovkin 630) will be sent to her for study.  I will also provide to her leaves dried in silica gel (for the DNA analysis).

A detailed set of my images of the species is available on CalPhotos (http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?where-taxon=Anemopaegma+citrinum).

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