Napeanthus jelskii

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Napeanthus jelskii


Terrestrial herb, 5-10 cm tall. Stem sappy, decumbent or pendent, glabrescent. Leaves variable; petiole very short or lacking, long pilose; blade membranaceous when dry, oblong-spathulate, 1.5-14 x 0.8-4.5 cm, margin remotely serrate, sinuate, or subentire, apex obtuse or rounded, base gradually narrowed towards base, above and below sparsely and minutely pilose. Flowers 2 to many in pedunculate, cymose inflorescences; peduncle 2.5-6 cm long, sparsely pilose; pedicel 1-2.5 cm long, sparsely pilose. Calyx green, lobes connate at base to 1/3 of their length, tube 0.08-0.13 cm, free portion of lobes erect, equal, lanceolate, 0.25-0.4 cm long in bloom, to 0.6 cm in fruit, 0.1 cm wide, margin entire, apex acute, outside pilose, inside glabrous; corolla erect in calyx, white, tube campanulate, 0.3-0.4 cm long, base not spurred, ca. 0.1 cm wide, middle not curved or contracted, throat not contracted, outside pilose, inside glabrous, limb 0.8-1 cm wide, lobes subequal, spreading to recurved, rounded at apex, 0.2 cm long and wide, margin entire; stamens included, inserted at base of corolla tube; ovary globose, 0.1 x 0.1 cm, glabrous, style 0.2-0.25 cm long, glabrous, stigma obscurely saucer-shaped. Mature capsule pale brown, globose, 0.15 x 0.15 cm.


Amaprá endemic, French Guiana endemic, Southern America
Endemic to French Guiana and Amaprá, Brazil; 31 collections studied (FG: 30).


Collected in flower , in fruit in .


For selecting the neotype two main criteria were used:
  • many duplicates are deposited on three continents
  • three specialists of the Gesneriaceae, Leeuwenberg and both authors, agreed on the identity on the specimens