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- Melastoma caudata Bonpl., Monogr. Melast. 1: 13. t. 7. 1807.(Basionym)
- Miconia densiflora Cogn., Bot. Jahrb. 8(1): 22, 1887 ; et in A. DC. & C. DC. Monog. Phan. 7: 744, 1891, syn. nov. Type: COLOMBIA. Cauca: Popayan, Apr 1883, Lehmann 2798 (Isotype: US!). Non Miconia densiflora (Gardner) Naudin, Ann. Sc. Nat. Ser. 3, 16: 245, 1851, basionym Chaenopleura densiflora Gardner, Hook. Lond. Journ. Bot. 2: 349, 1843. (New synonym)
Miconia densiflora Cogn. is a later homonym of Miconia densiflora (Gardner) Naudin, which in turn is a taxonomic synonym of Miconia pusilliflora (DC.) Triana, a shrub from eastern Brazil (Cogniaux 1891; Goldenberg 2000). By contrast, Cogniaux’ Miconia densiflora is based on a collection made by Lehmann near Popayán, in the State of Cauca, Colombia, in 1883. The name is undoubtedly a taxonomic synonym of the common and frequently collected Miconia caudata (Bonpl.) DC. Cogniaux (1891: 736, 739) erroneously states that Miconia caudata has glandular-pubescent filaments, while Miconia densiflora has glabrous ones. However, all 15 specimens of Miconia caudata that we checked had completely glabrous filaments. A color photograph of Miconia densiflora’s type is available at http://www.botany.si.edu/types.
- Renner, S; Goldenberg, R; 2011: A new name and a new synonym in Miconia (Melastomataceae) PhytoKeys, 3: 35-37. doi
- Cogniaux C (1891) Melastomataceae. In: De Candolle A De Candolle C (Eds) Monographiae Phanerogamarum, vol. 7. G. Masson, Paris, 1–1256.
- Goldenberg R (2000) O gênero Miconia Ruiz & Pav. (Melastomataceae). I. listagens analíticas, II. Revisão taxonômica da seção Hypoxanthus (Rich. ex DC.) Hook. F. PhD Thesis, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil.