A New Species of Hectia

Phytotaxa 221 (2): 157–165 – www.mapress.com/phytotaxa/ Copyright © 2015

Magnolia Press Article PHYTOTAXA ISSN 1179-3155 (print edition) ISSN 1179-3163 (online edition)
Accepted by Eric Gouda: 8 Jul. 2015; published: 30 Jul. 2015 – http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.221.2.5

A new species of Hechtia (Bromeliaceae: Hechtioideae) from Hidalgo (Mexico)

IVÓN RAMÍREZ-MORILLO, CLAUDIA T. HORNUNG-LEONI, MANUEL GONZÁLEZ-LEDESMA & JACINTO TREVIÑO-CARREÓN

Abstract
We propose that two populations previously referred to Hechtia epigyna, from the Mexican state of Hidalgo, represent a new species. Plants from the Hidalgo populations share the inferior ovary with Hechtia epigyna, an unusual trait in the genus, but they differ in their growth pattern (central vs. lateral inflorescence), characters of the adaxial foliar surface, petal color, and fruit position during dehiscence. We also provide a clarification on the typification of Hechtia epigyna. An assessment of the conservation status of the new species, Hechtia deceptrix following IUCN criteria resulted as CR (Critically Endangered).
Key words: Epigynous flowers, growth pattern, Hechtia epigyna, Hidalgo, IUCN, Tamaulipas. Read more.