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This species is accepted, and its native range is Brazil (Rio de Janeiro).


Braga, J.M.A. (2008). Two new species of Calathea (Marantaceae) from South-eastern Brazil. Kew Bulletin 63: 309.

CR using the criteria set out by IUCN (2001): B2b (i,ii,iii,iv). The risk of extinction is due mainly to the increasing loss or alteration of habitat and collection of plants for cultivation in tropical gardens.
Known only from two localities, c. 30 km apart. In Rio de Janeiro State, this species was initially thought to be restricted to Mundo Novo Hill, a small stretch of Atlantic Forest surrounded by densely urbanised areas. In 1993, various individuals were removed from their habitat to compose the gardens of the Santa Úrsula University, which encircles the type locality. Recently, another population was found at the Serra da Tiririca State Park, located at the neighbouring city of Niterói, although the scattered individuals observed are a few metres from the homes that surround this conservation unit.
Atlantic rain forest in urbanised areas of eastern Brazil; 80 – 130 m alt.
Morphology General Habit
Rosulate herb, 0.7 – 1.5 m high, bearing 5 – 10 basal leaves
Morphology Leaves
Basal leaves with sheath 40 – 69 × 2.5 – 3.5 cm, crasseous, green, minutely appressed-puberulous to sparsely pilose; petiole 27 – 67 cm long, green, glabrous to sparsely pilose; pulvinus 2 – 7 cm long, round in cross-section, dark green, glabrous to sparsely pilose with a row of trichomes adaxially; blade 54 – 70 × 14 – 26 cm, elliptic, base acute to cuneate, apex acuminate, chartaceous, adaxial surface dark green, without markings, glabrous, abaxial surface pale grey-green, sparsely pilose to glabrous, midrib U-shaped basally, olive-green
Morphology Leaves Cataphylls
Cataphylls 12 – 45 × 2.4 – 3 cm, 1 – 7 per shoot, elliptic to linear-oblong, apex acute, papyraceous, green, minutely appressed-puberulous to subglabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 2 (– 3) per bract, glabrous; sepals 20 – 22 × 3 – 4 mm, accrescent along fructification reaching c. 31 × 8 mm, elliptic, apex acute, translucent green
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Staminodes
Outer staminode 11 – 12 × 5 – 6 mm, obovate, upper ½ broadly obovate, apex emarginate, white or grey; callose staminode 10 – 12 × 4 – 5 mm, obovate, apex rounded or emarginate, white or grey; cucullate staminode 8 – 10 mm long, provided with a subterminal filiform appendage 1 – 2 mm long, white; stamen with filament petaloid 7 – 8 mm long, anther 1 – 2 mm long, white
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla tube 20 – 22 mm long, white; lobes 9 – 16 × 4 – 5 mm, elliptic, apex acute to acuminate, white or grey
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 7 – 9 mm long, curved, white; stigma white or grey; ovary c. 2 × 1 mm, smooth, white
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 8 – 12 × 5 – 7 mm, obovoid, smooth, white, crowned by a persistent calyx expanded to 23 – 31 × 7 – 8 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple, 75 – 110 × 55 – 60 mm, ovoid to ellipsoid, one per shoot, terminal on the lateral leafy shoot; peduncle 18 – 47 cm long, dark green, minutely puberulous to sparsely pilose; bracts 22 – 37 × 30 – 42 mm, spirally arranged, 50 – 90, appearing to be in 7 – 14 horizontal series, densely imbricate, widely obovate, apex with a very short acumen or rarely rounded, recurved, membranaceous, green-hyaline, immaculate, minutely puberulous to sparsely pilose, permanently intact; prophyll bicarinate 22 – 26 × 9 – 11 mm, obovate, apex acute, membranaceous, green-hyaline, glabrous, 4 – 6 mm carina to carina; interphyll 17 – 22 × 6 – 9 mm, obovate, apex emarginate, membranous, white-hyaline, glabrous; bracteoles 21 – 25 × 1 – 2 mm, 1 – 2 per cymule, linear-elliptic, apex acute, carinate, membranaceous, white, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 7 × 4 × 3 mm, usually three, trigonous, rugose on the outer surface and smooth on the inner surface, bearing a white aril.
The specific epithet reginae was chosen to honour Dra Regina Helena Potsh Andreata in acknowledgment of her numerous contributions to the study of Brazilian Smilacaceae and for the many discussions about them over the years. Calathea fatimae differs from the new species from by the bracts brownish or brownish-green with margin erect, prophyll and interphyll tomentose and sepals 9 – 11 × 3 – 4 mm, tomentose. According to Kennedy & Braga (1997) C. fatimae is characterised by the velvety sheen of the leaves and very striking foliage because of the contrast of the pale yellow to whitish-green midrib region with the dark green above and the purple underside of the leaf. These characteristics are not found in C. reginae, which has entirely green leaves, without markings and sparsely pilose or glabrous (Table 2). Calathea reginae sensu Schumann (1902) belongs to Calathea subgen. Pseudophrynium Körn. series Nudiscapae (Petersen) K. Schum. and is closely related to C. monophylla (Vell.) Körn. and C. fatimae H. Kenn. & J. M. A. Braga. C. monophylla can be distinguished from C. reginae by the bracts brownish or brownish-green, margin erect, coriaceous and lacerate with age, prophyll and interphyll puberulous, sepals 15 – 20 × 3 – 4 mm, puberulous.
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Município do Rio de Janeiro, bairro de Botafogo, morro Mundo Novo, Campus da Universidade Santa Úrsula, 60 – 110 m alt., 11 Dec. 2002 (fl., fr.), J. M. A. Braga 7141 (holotypus RB; isotypi K, NY, R, RUSU).
Vegetative Multiplication Rhizomes
Rhizome 1 – 2 cm in diameter

Native to:

Brazil Southeast

Goeppertia reginae (J.M.A.Braga) Borchs. & S.Suárez appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Syst. Bot. 37: 634 (2012)

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