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Correspondence
Published: 2016-06-15

Nomenclatural notes on Eugenia section Phyllocalyx (Myrtaceae)

Laboratório de Sistemática Vegetal, Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, CEP 31270-901, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Departamento de Ciências Ambientais, Universidade Federal de São Carlos – campus Sorocaba, João Leme dos Santos, Km 110 - SP-264, CEP 18052-780, Sorocaba, SP, Brazil
Laboratório de Sistemática Vegetal, Departamento de Botânica, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, CEP 31270-901, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
taxonomy Myrteae Atlantic forest Eudicots

Abstract

Eugenia Linnaeus (1753: 470) is a widespread tropical genus with about 385 species in Brazil (Govaerts et al. 2014, Sobral et al. 2016), most of which grow in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest biome (Oliveira-Filho & Fontes 2000). This richness, allied to the fact that some species are known from a single historical collection, perhaps a specimen with only fruits or only flowers, results at times in considerable taxonomic uncertainty, making it difficult to identify specimens with any level of confidence (Landrum & Kawasaki 1997: 509).