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Title: A CLOSER LOOK AT GRIFFINIA ESPIRITENSIS RAV. (AMARYLLIDACEAE)

Author
item Preuss, K
item Meerow, Alan

Submitted to: Herbertia Journal of the International Bulb Society
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/1/2002
Publication Date: 1/15/2003
Citation: Preuss, K.D., Meerow, A.W. 2003. A closer look at Griffinia espiritensis rav. (Amaryllidaceae). Herbertia Journal of the International Bulb Society.

Interpretive Summary: Griffinia espiritensis is a highly ornamental blue-flowered bulbs native to northeastern Brazil. It was originally described from a population near the Sooretama Biological Reserve in the state of Espirito Santo. This species, which ranges north into the state of Bahia, is found only in Coastal Atlantic Rain Forest (Mata Atlântica), and is very variable. We formally describe two varieties from Bahia, G. espiritensis var. ituberae and G. espiritensis var. baiana, and declare several recently described species of Griffinia as taxonomic synonoms for G. espiritensis.

Technical Abstract: Griffinia espiritensis Ravenna was described from a population near the Sooretama Biological Reserve in the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil. This species, which ranges north into the state of Bahia, is found only in Coastal Atlantic Rain Forest (Mata Atlântica), and is the most morphologically diverse of the genus. Two varieties are described from Bahia, G. espiritensis var. ituberae and G. espiritensis var. baiana. Several recently described species of Griffinia are relegated to synonomy with G. espiritensis.