Two new species of Sonerila Roxb. (Melastomataceae) from Laos

  • Phongphayboun Phonepaseuth Faculty of Environmental Sciences, National University of Laos, Dongdok Campus, Xaythany District, Vientiane Capital, Laos
  • Phetlasy Souladeth Faculty of Forest Science, National University of Laos, Dongdok Campus, Xaythany District, Vientiane Capital, Laos
  • Keooudone Souvannakhoummane Centre for Development and Environment, Lao Country Office, Unit 11, #136, Simuang Road, Hom 1, P.O. Box 1438, Ban Phapo, Vientiane, Laos
  • Thyraphon Vongthavone Association for Community Development (ACD), Salavan Province, Laos
  • Shuichiro Tagane The Kagoshima University Museum, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan
Keywords: Bolaven Plateau, flora, Indochina, taxonomy, Vientiane Capital


Two new species of Sonerila Roxb. (Melastomataceae), S. erectifolia Phonep., Soulad. & Tagane sp. nov. from southern Laos, and S. souvannii Phonep. & Soulad. sp. nov. from central Laos, are described and illustrated. Comparisons with morphologically similar species are presented, along with ecological information and preliminary conservation status. A key to the species of Sonerila in Laos is also provided.


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How to Cite
Phonepaseuth, P., Souladeth, P., Souvannakhoummane, K., Vongthavone, T., & Tagane, S. (2021). Two new species of Sonerila Roxb. (Melastomataceae) from Laos. European Journal of Taxonomy, 755(1), 136-148.
Research article