Two new species of Monopyle Benth. are described from the pluvial lowland forests of northwestern Ecuador in the province of Esmeraldas. They are both locally endemic and are of conservation concern. The two species are segregated from other Monopyle species by axillary inflorescences and indument type. Monopyle uniflora J.L. Clark & Keene is distinguished by having basally appressed inflorescence bracts, glandular trichomes on the calyx, and a singular axillary flower. The densely villous indument and inflorescence of multiple flowers differentiate Monopyle multidora Keene & J.L. Clark from Monopyle uniflora.
Two New Species of Monopyle (Gesneriaceae) from Northern Ecuador
Publication: Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas