A Hitherto Chirita (Gesneriaceae) Can Now Be Identified as a Monopyle

  • Laurence E. Skog Smithsonian Institution
  • Fred R. Barrie The Field Museum
  • John L. Clark The Lawrenceville School
Keywords: Chirita, Gesneriaceae, Gloxinia, Monopyle, Panama


Chirita (?) lilacina Lem. is determined to be a species of the Neotropical genus Monopyle Benth., for which the combination M. lilacina (Lem.) L. E. Skog, Barrie & Boggan is proposed. Monopyle lilacina is native to the provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro in western Panama. A current description and distribution are provided for the species. Chirita lilacina and Gloxinia lilacina Lem., alternative names proposed by Lemaire, are lectotypified.


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