Latin name and synonyms:
Neblinantha Maguire (1985: 311)
Etymology: Neblinantha is named after the mountain this group
is found on, Sierra de la Neblina, one of the tepui mountains on the
border between Brazil and Venezuela. The ending '-antha' means
Two species, both very rare.
This genus is only found on the mountain Sierra de la Neblina on the
Brazilian-Venezuelan border in northern South America.
herbs or shrubs. Leaves rather small, sessile to subsessile, ovate-lanceolate
. Flowers solitary, sometimes appearing axillary, but are terminal,
4–5-merous, actinomorphic. Calyx thin, tubular, divided about halfway
down; lobes narrowly triangular, long-acuminate. Corolla deep pink to
coral-colored, salvershaped or narrowly funnelshaped, thin; lobes circular
or triangular. Stamens inserted in corolla tube; filaments sometimes bent
180 degrees at apex; anther with small, sterile apical appendage. Pollen
in tetrads. Gynoecium probably without glandular disk; style long,
slender; stigma bilamellate, narrow lobes. Fruit erect or nodding
capsules, apical dehiscence. Seeds angular, unwinged.
and related plants: This
genus belongs to the tribe Helieae.
uses: None known.
species if Neblinantha have been collected/seen only a few times,
and this is a very poorly known genus.
Accepted species (synonyms in parenthesis) and their distribution:
L., J. W. Kadereit, J. Klackenberg, S. Nilsson, M. Thiv, K. B. von Hagen,
& V. A. Albert. 2002. Systematics, character evolution, and
biogeography of Gentianaceae, including a new tribal and subtribal
classification. Pp. 21-309. In: L. Struwe & V. A. Albert (eds.),
Gentianaceae: Systematics and Natural History, Cambridge University Press,
© Lena Struwe, 2004