We present a distribution extension for 12 species of Melastomataceae: all of them consisting in new reports for Peru. These belong to Axinaea (one species), Brachyotum (one species), Meriania (two species), and Miconia (eight species), occurring both in western and eastern-slopes forests, as well as in paramo and jalca. Nine of them have been previously reported as endemics to Ecuador. Only two species occur both north and south of Huancabamba deflection and seven are restricted to the Andes between the Girón-Paute valley in southern Ecuador and north of the Huancabamba deflection—the core of the already identified Huancabamba region.
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We are greatly thankful to Mónica Arakaki, Tiina Särkinen and Maximiliam Weigend for the supporting role to start this project. We also thank Elluz Huamán, Marco Cueva and Maria Gavrutenko for the support in the fieldwork. Our sincere gratitude to Carmen Ulloa Ulloa and an anonymous reviewer whose comments helped to enrich this manuscript. Also to the Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego for the collecting permit (Resolución de Dirección General 079-2016-SERFOR/DGGSPFFS), as well as to the staff from the herbaria we visited. This work has been funded by The Rufford Foundation (RSG 15565-1) and the National Science Foundation through PBI: Miconieae (Melastomataceae) Project (DEB-0818399).
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- Andean forests
- Giron-Paute valley
- Huancabamba deflection