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Ab R. paulensis foliis minoribus acuminis 3-8 mm longis, petiolis 8-20 mm, rachidibus inflorescentiis tenuibus differt.
Brazil. Espirito Santo, BR-262 road near junction to Laranja da Terra, Iuna Municpality, 7 Nov 1993 (fl), G & M Hatchbach & J. M. Silva 59702 (holotype, MBM Curitiba; isotype, K).
Tree 6 m tall, young branches appressed-tomentose, not conspicuously lenticellate. Leaves simple, lamina chartaceous, drying reddish-brown, ovate, 4.5–8.5 ? 2–4.4 cm, length:breadth ratio 1–2.2–2.7, semicraspedodromous: ferrugineous-tomentose beneath, glabrous above except along midrib, the margins distinctly revolute, entire or slightly serrate, cuneate at base, equal or slightly unequal; apex acuminate, the acumen 3–8 mm long; primary veins 5–6 pairs, prominulous beneath, slightly prominulous above; midrib reaching apex of lamina, prominent beneath, plane above, tomentose, glabrescent; petioles 8–20 mm, tomentose when young, terete, lamina slightly confluent onto petiole for up to 5 mm. Inflorescence terminal or axillary; peduncle 3–10 mm ? 1 mm thick; rachis 4.5–8.5 ? 1 mm, ferrugineous-tomentose; bracts few, 1 ? 1 mm, tomentose; pedicels 1.5–2 mm, ferrugineous-tomentose, free to base; flowers borne solitary or in pairs, 4–5 mm long, exterior ferrugineous-tomentose.; tepals 4, reflexed and twisted when open; filaments adnate to upper half of tepals; anthers 1–1.2 mm long; nectary lobes 4, well separated, conspicuous; ovary erect, densely tomentose; style clavate. 3–4 mm long. Fruit not seen.
This species clearly belongs to the genus Roupala on account of its four hypogynous glands and bilocular ovary with pendulous ovules. It is near to Roupala paulensis Sleumer but differs in the thinner smaller leaves that dry brown above rather than green. The plants is far less robust, the petioles are shorter, the leaves more acuminate and the inflorescence rachis much thinner. It is a pleasure to name this species for Dr Gert Hatschbach who has done so much make the flora of south and central Brazil so much better known and who made the first collection of this species.