Limadendron: a new genus of Leguminosae (Papilionoideae, Brongniartieae) from South America

Jose Eduardo Meireles, Ana Maria G Azevedo Tozzi

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A new genus Limadendron (Leguminosae, Papilionoideae, Brongniartieae) from northern South America is described and illustrated. The new genus is segregated from Poecilanthe based on a previous phylogenetic analysis. Limadendron is sister to Cyclolobium and differs from it mainly by its woody dehiscent legumes contrasting with the winged samaroid fruits of the latter. Two new combinations, Limadendron amazonicum (Ducke) Meireles & A. M. G. Azevedo and Limadendron hostmannii (Benth.) Meireles & A. M. G. Azevedo, are proposed. A distribution map and an identification key for the species are also provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-707
Number of pages7
JournalPlant Systematics and Evolution
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to Henrique Forero, Gwilym Lewis, Domingos Cardoso and Matt Lavin for their valuable comments on the manuscript, to Jorge Fontella for revising the Latin diagnosis, and to Samira Rolim for the illustrations. The curators of the herbaria visited during the study and our funding sources (CNPq and FAPESP [project number: 06/50154-0]) are also gratefully acknowledged.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014, Springer-Verlag Wien.


  • Amazonia
  • Brongniartieae
  • Fabaceae
  • Neotropics
  • Poecilanthe


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