Miconia norlindii (Urb.) Majure & Judd, J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas. 7: 269. 2013.

Majure, Lucas C., Becquer, Eldis R. & Judd, Walter S., 2016, Revision of the Lima clade (Miconia sect. Lima, Miconieae, Melastomataceae) of the Greater Antilles, PhytoKeys 72, pp. 1-99 : 26-28

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Miconia norlindii (Urb.) Majure & Judd, J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas. 7: 269. 2013.


5. Miconia norlindii (Urb.) Majure & Judd, J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas. 7: 269. 2013. Figs 7F-H View Figure 7 , 9E-J View Figure 9

Ossaea norlindii Urb., Symb. Antill. (Urban) 9(1): 124. 1923. Type: CUBA. Oriente, Sierra Maestra, La Gran Piedra, supra Daiquiri, ca. 1000 m, 29 Oct 1916, Ekman 8136 (lectotype: S! [S05-3782], designated here; isolectotypes: L! [LD1669114], US! [US00123696]).

Ossaea turquinensis Urb. Symb. Antill. (Urban) 9(1): 122. 1923. Type: CUBA. Oriente, Sierra Maestra, in silva jugo septentr. mont. Pico Turquino, ca. 1750 m, 8 Apr 1915, Ekman 5303 (lectotype: S! [S05-3789], designated here).


Based on Ossaea norlindii Urb.


Evergreen shrub, 2-4 m tall; stems round in cross section, not ridged, the internodes 0.3-8.1 cm long, stem indumentum of granulate, bulla-based hairs to 0.5 mm long, these ascending, appressed, and clavate-dendritic hairs at the nodes; nodal line present. Leaves opposite, decussate, elliptic, 2.1-7.1 × 1-3.4 cm, slightly anisophyllous, apex acute to rounded, base acute to cuneate, margins dentate, the dentations covered in one large bulla-based hair, venation acrodromous, 5-veined, the midvein and 2 pairs of arching secondary veins, the outermost intramarginal or not, secondary veins mostly basal to suprabasal, the innermost pair, suprabasal, produced 2.2-16 mm from leaf base, positioned 2.1-6.1 mm in from margin at widest point of blade, tertiary veins percurrent, more or less perpendicular to midvein, 1.8-4.6 mm apart at midleaf, intertertiary veins present, tertiary veins occasionally joined by quaternary veins; adaxial leaf surface covered in dorsally compressed, bulla-based hairs, widest hair bases to 1.1 mm, apices of bulla-based hairs mostly erect, young leaf adaxial surface producing long-stemmed, clavate-dentritic hairs along the primary and secondary veins, and sessile, glandular hairs produced along the primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary veins between the bulla-based hairs; abaxial leaf surface covered in bulla-based hairs, these mostly ascending, those along the primary, secondary, and tertiary veins larger than hairs produced throughout the lamina, the lamina clearly visible, sessile, glandular hairs produced throughout the lamina and along all veins, domatia of tufts of long, multicellular hairs usually produced in the axils of the primary and secondary veins; petioles 0.4-1.4 cm long, covered in ascending, appressed, bulla-based hairs on both surfaces. Inflorescences terminal, 3-15 flowered, expanded cymes, 2.2-6 × 1.1-4 cm, the peduncle 0.5-3 cm long, proximal inflorescence branches 2.1-26 mm long; bracts oblong to ovate, 1-3 mm long; bracteoles ovate, 0.8-4.1 × 0.3-0.6 mm, appearing as large bulla-based hairs. Flowers 4-merous, pedicels 0.3-1 mm long; hypanthium 2.2-3 mm long, short-oblong to globose, 3-4-lobed, slightly constricted below the torus, free portion of the hypanthium 0.5-0.6 mm long, abaxial surface covered in bulla-based hairs to 0.8 mm long, and occasional, sessile, glandular hairs near the bases of the bulla-based hairs; adaxial surface (i.e., free portion) covered in small, bulla-based hairs; calyx teeth 0.7-1.6 × 0.4-0.6 mm, ascending or spreading, covered in bulla-based hairs; calyx lobes more or less triangular, apex acute, 0.8-1.5 × 1.5 mm, covered in bulla-based hairs abaxially and sessile, sparse, glandular hairs adaxially; calyx tube not tearing, 0.5-0.6 mm long with bulla-based hairs abaxially and sessile, glandular hairs adaxially, clavate dendritic hairs produced at calyx tube apex; petals 4, white, elliptic, 5.8-6.2 × 2.1-3.1 mm, with an acute apex and membranous margin, with 2-6 slightly bulla-based hairs produced abaxially, just below the apex, to 1 mm long; stamens 8; filaments 2.2-3 mm long, glabrous, anthers 1.9-2.6 mm long, with one dorsally oriented pore, anther thecae 1.2-1.8 mm long, anthers with a dorso-basal appendage 0.3-0.7 mm long; style 8.2-8.9 mm long, glabrous, not dilated in the middle, collar absent, style subtended by a crown of multicellular, linear to elongate-triangular (needle-like) hairs, which are slightly longer than the surrounding bulla-based hairs of the ovary apex, stigma punctate; ovary 1.5-1.6 × 2.2-4.6 mm, apex flat, pubescent with bulla-based hairs, except for the linear or elongate-triangular hairs forming crown, placentation axile with deeply intruded placenta, 3-4 locular; berries globose, 4-lobed to unlobed, purple at maturity, 3.1-4 mm long (including calyx tube), 3.4-4 mm wide, seeds 0.6-0.7 mm long, obpyramidal, testa smooth, light brown, raphe dark brown, smooth, extending the length of the seed.


Miconia norlindii has been collected in flower from November through February.


(Fig. 8 View Figure 8 ). Miconia norlindii is restricted to the Sierra Maestra and Sierra de Imías of eastern Cuba.


Miconia norlindii occurs in wet montane rainforest and cloud forests occasionally along streams from 800-1800 m. Some associated melastomes include Pachyanthus pedicellatus Urb., Miconia nystroemii Urb., Miconia rufa (Griseb.) Triana, Miconia turquinensis Urb. & Ekman, Graffenrieda rufescens Britton & P.Wilson and Meriania albiflora Carmenate & Michelangeli

Conservation status.

Bécquer (2007) considered Miconia norlindii to be threatened, however, regarding the number of localities for the species and its presence in protected areas, such as Parque Nacional Pico Turquino, Parque Nacional Pico Bayamesa, Paisaje Natural Protegido La Gran Piedra and la Reserva Ecológica Loma del Gato-Monte Líbano, it may be best to categorize this species as near threatened. Although the species is widespread, it occurs in areas highly vulnerable to climate change (high montane forests) and populations are few.


Urban described Ossaea turquinensis from sterile material. Based on morphological comparisons, Ossaea turquinensis falls into the range of variation of Ossaea norlindii and the two are here considered conspecific. The name Miconia norlindii was selected and used for this species by Majure and Judd (2013a), as both species were described in the same publication and Miconia turquinensis Urb. & Ekman was already occupied.

Specimens examined.

Cuba. Prov. Granma: Buey Arriba. Alrededores del poblado de Barrio Nuevo, 1400 msm, 10 May 1988, Álvarez & al. HFC-63823 (B, HAJB, JE); IBID HFC-63699 (B, HAJB, JE); Buey Alto de Rondón, 22 May 1988, Álvarez & al. HFC-64989 (B, HAJB, JE); Buey Arriba. Alrededores del poblado Barrio Nuevo, 1400 msm, 15 May 1988, Álvarez & al. HFC-64545 (B, HAJB, JE); Buey Arriba. Alto del Escudero, 20 May 1988, Álvarez & al. HFC-64791 (B, HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra: falda norte del Pico Bayamesa, 900-1200 msm, May 1968, Bisse & Duek HFC-9337 (B, HAJB, JE); Bartolomé Masó. A lo largo del camino de Minas del Frio a Mont Pie, 23 Apr 1978, Bisse & al. HFC-37324 (HAJB, JE); Bartolomé Masó: Firme de la Sierra Maestra entre Lagunitas y Aguada de Joaquín, 300-900 msm, 19 Apr 1974, Bisse & al. HFC-40419 (HAJB); Guisa. Subida y firme del pico El Gigante, 21 Apr 1989, Dietrich & al. HFC-67133 (B, HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra, ad La Bayamesa, in “fangales” ca. 1300 m, 3 May 1916, Ekman 7082 (S); Sierra Maestra, on the divide between Rio Yara and Rio Palmamocha, on the slope towards one of the highest tributaries of Rio Yara , ca. 1100 m, 16 Jul 1922, Ekman 14343 (S); Sierra Maestra, in high mt. forest above Loma Bambí, ca. 1000 m, 8 Nov 1922, Ekman 15656 (S, US); Sierra Maestra, El Gigante on the ridge, 1100 m, 4 Jan 1923, Ekman 16076 (NY, S); Sierra Maestra: Pico bayamesa, falda norte, 800-1100 msm, 19 Mar 1970, Lippold HFC-16088 (HAJB, JE); En la Maestrica , cercanias del batey del "Alto de la Valenzuela", Sierra Maestra, 4500', 5-8 Apr 1955, López-Figueiras 2030 (HAC, HAJB); Zona boscosa de la Sierra Maestra, entre los arroyos Peladero e Indio, 3000-4500 pies alt., 27 Nov 1959, López-Figueiras UO-430 (HAC, HAJB, US); Granma / Santiago de Cuba. Bartolome Masó/Guamá, sendero Alto el Naranjo-Pico Turquino, alrededor de Palma Mocha, entre Km 3 y 4, 8 Nov 2013, Michelangeli et al. 2213 (NY); cruce de Lima, Sierra Maestra, 20 Aug 1982, Moncada s.n. (HAC); cruce de Lima, Sierra Maestra, 21 Aug 1982, Moncada s.n. (HAC); slopes of La Bayamesa, crest of the Sierra Maestra near Aserradero San Antonio de los Cumbres, 1500-1800 m, 21-24 Jan 1956, Morton 9272 (US); Guisa, Pico El Gigante, 800-1100 m, 8 Dec 2002, Pipoly 24466 (FTG); Guisa, Pico El Gigante, 8 Dec 2002, Pipoly 24478 (FTG); Bartolomé Maso, St. Domingo , camino desde el Alto del Naranjo hasta La Aguada de Joaquin , Sierra Maestra, 22.371388°N, - 76.848056°W, 850-1200 m, 8 Dec 2002, Pipoly 24522 (FTG); Bartolomé Maso, St. Domingo , camino desde el Alto del Naranjo hasta La Aguada de Joaquin , Sierra Maestra, 22.371388°N, 76.848056°W, 850-1200 m, 8 Dec 2002, Pipoly 24554 (FTG) GoogleMaps . Prov. Guantánamo: Imias . Sierra de Imias . Cabezadas del arroyo Los Cacaos. 600-700 msm, 7 Apr 1984, Bisse & al. HFC-52409 (B, HAJB, JE) ; Prov. Santiago de Cuba: summit of Pico Turquino, Sierra Maestra, 1960 ft, 1-2 Aug 1935, Acuña 6756 (HAC, NY); Pico Turquino, 10-26 Jun 1936, Acuña 7714 (HAC); cima del Pico Turquino, Sierra Maestra, 1-2 Aug 1935, Acuña 9645 (HAC); Pico Turquino, 12-26 Jul 1936, Acuña 10193 (HAC); cima del Pico Turquino, Sierra Maestra, 1 Aug 1935, Acuña 13934 (HAC); Gran Piedra, 27-29 Sept 1959, Acuña 9914 (HAC); La Gran Piedra, 26 Sept 1959, Acuña et al. 21122 (HAC); Gran Piedra, Sierra Maestra, 11 Jan 1960, Alain et al. 7438 (HAC, HAJB); Guamá. Camino entre Pico Joaquín y El Turquino, 1800-1900 msm, 19 Nov 2003, Bécquer HFC-81644 (HAJB); Santiago de Cuba: falda este de Gran Piedra, 26 Apr 1969, Bisse & Lippold HFC-14699 (HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra: Pico cardero, 1000-1300 msm, 13 May 1971, Bisse & Lippold HFC-19431 (HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra. El Uvero, pluvisilva de la loma La Francia, 800-1000 msm, 3-5 Feb 1972, Bisse HFC-21323 (HAJB, JE); IBID HFC-21335 (HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra: Pico Cuba, cima, 1800 msm, 12 May 1971, Bisse & Lippold HFC-18815 (HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra: subida desde Pico Cardero hasta Pico Cuba, 1300-1800 msm, 10 may 1971, Bisse & Lippold HFC-19016 (HAJB, JE); IBID HFC-19091 (HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra: El Uvero, Loma Siberia, 900-1100 msm, 29 Mar 1969, Bisse & Lippold HFC-13735 (HAJB, JE); Gran Piedra, loma al sur del cafetal francés, 1000-1100 msm, Jun 1967, Bisse & Rojas HFC-3794 (HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra, Loma del Gato, 1 Jan 1948, Chrysogone NSC-5814 (HAC); Loma del Gato, Cobre Range, Sierra Maestra, 900 m, 1 Jan 1949, Chrysogone 6374 (HAC, IJ, NY); Sierra de Cobre , Loma del Gato , Hongolosongo, Jan 1933, Clemente 207 (HAC); Sierra Maestra, Loma del Gato , 1 Jan 1948, Clemente NSC-5814 (GH); Santiago de Cuba. Entre Motel La Gran Piedra y La Isabelica, 26 Apr 1989, Dietrich & al. HFC-67420 (B, HAJB, JE); Sierra Maestra, supra Firmeza, 1000 m, 10 Nov 1917, Ekman 8890 (GH, NY, S); Sierra Maestra, on the water divide between Río Yara and Río Palmamocha, between the last of the picachos and the foot of Loma Joaquín, 1300 m, 19 Jul 1922, Ekman 14447 (NY, S); Gran Piedra, la Isabelica, 1150 msm, 20 00 20N, 75 37 10W, 15, Nov 2001, Greuter & al. 25752 (B, HAJB); Gran Piedra, 5 Feb 1971, Grudzinskaya 759 (HAC); Loma del Gato , Cobre Range of Sierra Maestra , 900-1000 m, 11 Jul-14 Aug 1921, León LS-10114 (HAC, NY); southern Oriente and Pico Turquino, Sierra Maestra, 1 Jul 1922, León LS-10920 (HAC, IJ, NY); Cordillera de la Gran Piedra, Sierra Maestra, ca. 1200 m, 18 Mar 1956, López-Figueiras 2610 (HAC, HAJB, US); Cordillera de la Gran Piedra, Sierra Maestra, ca. 1200 m, 25 Mar 1956, López-Figueiras 2657 (HAC, HAJB); Alto de la Francia, Uvero, 8 Feb 1971, Stuchlik 771 (HAC); Sierra Maestra, Alto de la Francia, 8 Feb 1971, Tinchanitzkaja 757-758 (HAC) GoogleMaps .














Miconia norlindii (Urb.) Majure & Judd, J. Bot. Res. Inst. Texas. 7: 269. 2013.

Majure, Lucas C., Becquer, Eldis R. & Judd, Walter S. 2016

Ossaea norlindii

Urb 1923