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Erik Leonard Ekman IV

Acalypha cubensis

Ekman had to be persuaded to make a brief stop at Cuba on his travel to Brazil via Hispaniola, and he didn’t have high expactations on this island, said to be thoroughly explored by botanists from USA. For various reasons his travel from Cuba was delayed (for 10 years!), and it didn’t take long before he realized that the vegetation on Cuba was enormously rich on undescribed and uncollected plant species, among them Acalypha cubensis collected less than a month after his arrival on April 13, 1914.

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