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The revision aims to improve the reputation of one of the most infamous genera of Andean plants: Cinchona. Occurring spontaneously in premontane and montane forests from central Bolivia to northern Colombia and Venezuela, Cinchona is medically important as a source of quinine. The goal of this treatment is to sort out many of the 330 names used and species ascribed to this group by taxonomists and pharmacists from the late 18th century to the present. Includes keys, descriptions, illustrations, phylogenetic analyses, and distribution maps. / The 16 species that comprise the genus Erisma (Vochysiaceae) are tall trees predominantly in terra firme forests of the Amazon region, most of them with a limited distribution. This treatment includes a key to the species of Erisma, synonymy, descriptions, distribution, habitat, local names, uses, and specimens examined. Keys to the tribes and genera of Vochysiaceae are also provided.
Maria Lucia Kawasaki Graduated in Sciences Life at the University of Sao Paulo (1980), master's degree in Biological Sciences (Botany) from the University of Sao Paulo (1985), doctorate in Botanica by The New York Botanical Garden (1992) and post-doctorate from the Field Museum Of Natural History (1993). She is currently Researcher at the Institute of Botany and has experience in Botany with an emphasis in Plant Taxonomy. She specializes in the following topics: Erisma, Vochysiaceae, taxonomy. and the Myrtaceae family at the Department of Botany, Field Museum of Natural History. Maria Lucia Kawasaki's Author Page
Bengt Lennart Andersson ( 1948 - 2005 ) was a Swedish botanist and taxonomist Andersson was Professor and Chair of Systematic Botany at Gothenburg University from 1987. His research focused on the neotropical Marantaceae and Musaceae, looking at their taxonomy, morphology and geography. Bengt Lennart Andersson (known as Lennart) was born in Alings†s and studied at Gothenburg, where he received his doctorate in systematic botany in 1978. His thesis was on the genus Ischnosiphon (Marantaceae) and he went on to analyse and reinterpret the complicated inflorescences of genera in the family, revising Thalia and Maranta and describing the new genus, Sanblasia, from Panama. He also intended to produce a monograph of the intricate and striking Heliconia genus (previously assigned to Musaceae), but the work was never completed. He did complete a major monograph on the quinine source Cinchona (Rubiaceae), published in 1998. Andersson was an indefatigable plant collector in neotropical areas and co- editor of Flora of Ecuador, founded at Gothenburg in 1973; he was the sole author of several of its volumes. Bengt Lennart Andersson's Author Page