Two new species of Charianthus (Melastomataceae: Miconieae) from the Lesser Antilles. Brittonia 56: 151–158. 2004.—In the course of a phylogenetic analysis and systematic revision of Charianthus, it was discovered that C. purpureus, as traditionally circumscribed, is polyphyletic, consisting of three morphologically diagnosable entities. Thus two new species, Charianthus dominicensis and C. grenadensis, are described and illustrated. Each is endemic to the Lesser Antillean island for which it is named—Dominica and Grenada, respectively. Charianthus, the only vascular plant genus endemic to the Lesser Antilles, comprises six species of nectariferous, hummingbird-pollinated shrubs and small trees.
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