1. Family: Myrtaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Eugenia P.Micheli ex L.
      1. Eugenia pyrifera Faria & Proença

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Brazil (Goiás).


    de Faria, J.E.Q. & Proença, C.E.B. 2012. Kew Bulletin 67: 245. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12225-012-9344-x

    Shrub or treelet 1 – 4 m, pubescent or puberulous on new growth; trichomes simple, whitish when young aging pale grey or pale ochre
    Young branches pubescent
    Leaves opposite or ternate, linear to narrow-elliptic, 1.9 – 7.1 × 0.3 – 1.3 cm, glabrous or puberulous on the upper surface, puberulous on the lower surface; apex acute to rounded; base cuneate and decurrent on the petiole; midvein sulcate to lightly sulcate on the upper surface, glabrous to puberulous on both surfaces, with 13 – 17 pairs of lateral veins, the first pair confluent with the marginal vein; marginal vein simple or double; external marginal vein very tenuous, running 0.4 – 1.4 mm from the margin; glandular dots elevated on the upper surface; petiole 1.8 – 3.4 mm long × 0.6 – 0.8 mm, pubescent to puberulous, canaliculate
    Inflorescence a solitary, axillary, flower or precocious, lateral, raceme (appearing together with a flush of new leaves) with 2 – 5 flowers
    Flower bud 6.8 – 7.5 mm long × 4.2 – 6.1 mm in diam.; bracts lanceolate, 1.2 – 2.5 mm long, deciduous soon after anthesis; pedicel 7.2 – 17.7 mm long, pubescent, bracteoles linear, apex acute to rounded, 2.4 – 5.8 mm long, free, densely pubescent, deciduous at anthesis; hypanthium densely pubescent; calyx lobes oblong, obtuse, rounded or abruptly acuminate, 4.6 – 5.7 × 2.1 – 3.9 mm, densely pubescent; petals white, obovate to spatulate, apex rounded, 6.4 – 12.8 mm long, sparsely gland-dotted; staminal disk puberulous, stamens 78 – 115, filaments 5.4 – 6.8 mm long, anthers roundish; ovary 2-locular, internally glabrous, 3 – 8 ovules per locule, style 4.8 – 10.1 mm long, puberulous, stigma puntiform, papillose
    Fruit somewhat pear-shaped, always attenuate at base, yellow when mature, 26.9 – 29 mm long, 15.6 – 20.1 mm diam., velutinous, glands not seen; seed 1, testamembranaceous; embryo globose, slightly flattened, not gland-dotted, cotyledons partially fused
    This species appears to be restricted to Northern Goiás, and has been collected in the municipalities of Minaçu, Niquelândia and Uruaçu. Map 1.
    Label data indicate that Eugenia pyrifera occurs in typical to dense woodland savanna (cerradosensustricto and cerradão) and in gallery forests; 350 – 500 m. Fig. 2A.
    Five populations of Eugenia pyrifera are known. The fifth population was collected fertile by the first author, with buds and old flowers, and is illustrated in Fig. 2. All are within an area of c. 17,000 km2 if the distribution is continuous. Most collections are concentrated in a more southerly area of about 1,000 km2, with one more northerly isolated population (Map 1). These areas seem to be lowland incursions either in, or marginal to, the Depressãointermontana de Ceres that surrounds the Central Goiás Highlands (IBGE 2006). This area is poorly collected; it has also been heavily deforested to the west, while altitudes climb to the east. The northern and southern areas are now isolated by the Serra da Mesa Hydroelectric Dam artificial lake, which inundated 1,784 km2 at 460 m (Eletrobras – Furnas2010). For these reasons, the species should be considered Vulnerable: VU B1ab, following IUCN (2001), on the basis of a natural distribution below 20,000 km2, severely fragmented habitat and known decline in area of occupancy due to the Serra da Mesa lake.
    Flowering specimens were collected in October and fruiting specimens in December.
    Jambeiro (Portuguese). This name is also used for Syzygiumjambos (L.) Alston and probably derives from the similarity between the fruits of the species.
    Eugenia pyrifera fits well into Eugenia sect. Stenocalyx, due to the inflorescences which are precocious racemes that appear together with leaf flush. Flowers are produced in the axils of short shoots with very immature leaves; as these leaves mature, the raceme axis elongates and the terminal bud continues vegetative growth, so that fruits appear to have derived from solitary, axillary flowers (Mazine-Capelo2006). It is most similar to Eugenia megaflora Govaerts, and is compared to it in the diagnosis, but it is vegetatively similar to narrow-leaved forms of E. biflora DC. (which belongs to sect. Racemosae), both of which also occur in Goiás. It is interesting that this species appears to be adapted not only to gallery forests, in which water is more abundant and the air more humid, but also to drier savanna habitats (cerrado and cerradão). This is not common and our studies of Eugenia in Goiás have shown that most species of Eugenia occur exclusively in the gallery forests or savannas. Both E. pyrifera and E. involucrata DC., which belong to the same section, are more tolerant. The specific epithet (pyrifera — pear-bearing) refers to the pear-shaped fruits and was also chosen to celebrate the collector of the type, Glocimar Pereira da Silva (CEN), who, with his many collections from diverse localities of the cerrado, has greatly contributed to the knowledge of its flora; pereira means ‘pear-bearing tree’ in Portuguese. He was particularly active in the floristic inventories required before the building of the Serra da Mesa Hydroelectric Dam.



    Native to:

    Brazil West-Central

    Eugenia pyrifera Faria & Proença appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 1, 2012 Verboonen, S.M. [187], Brazil K001021471
    FAria, J.E.Q. [3870], Brazil K001051695
    FAria, J.E.Q. [897], Brazil K001051696

    First published in Kew Bull. 67: 245 (2012)


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