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PhytoKeys. 2014 Jun 4;(38):69-87. doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.38.7055. eCollection 2014.

Three new species of Solanum (Brevantherum Clade) endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.

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ICB, Departamento de Botânica, Laboratório de Sistemática Vegetal, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG, Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, CEP 31270-901, MG, Brazil.


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Three new Brazilian species of the Brevantherum clade of Solanum (Solanaceae) are described, all closely related to the poorly known Solanum inornatum Witasek. Solanum bradei Giacomin & Stehmann, sp. nov., and Solanum kriegeri Giacomin & Stehmann, sp. nov., differ from S. inornatum in having very small deltate calyx lobes that are not accrescent in fruit. Solanum bradei is a shrub up to 1.8 m with generally pedunculate inflorescences and tiny translucent fruits, whereas Solanum kriegeri is a dwarf glabrescent plant growing on sandy soils in cloud forests, with larger fruits and sessile to subsessile inflorescence. Solanum friburgense Giacomin & Stehmann, sp. nov., has linear calyx lobes like S. inornatum, and is characterized by its 2-foliate sympodia and leaf pubescence, with trichomes concentrated on leaf veins. The species here described and illustrated are restricted to the mountain ranges of Mantiqueira and Serra do Mar in the Atlantic forests of southeastern Brazil and are all of considerable conservation concern.


Atlantic Forest; Brazil; Brevantherum Clade; IUCN conservation status; Solanum

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