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The tribe Liabeae is a distinctive but strictly tropical group of Compositae (Asteraceae) from the Americas. Recent studies require the recognition of a new genus (see below).

The new genus is named for Cristián Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History (USA); former Director of the Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia; former Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 2007-2008; and Honorary Curator of Tropical Ecology in the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History. Dr. Samper has made a lifelong commitment to the understanding of life on earth and its conservation and it is fitting that a genus with some its taxa in Colombia is named after him. It is interesting to note that one of the eight species in this new genus carries the name Sampera cuatrecasasii (M.O. Dillon & Sagást.) V. A. Funk & H. Rob., combining the names of Dr. Samper and the famous Smithsonian Botanist Dr. José Cuatrecasas who worked for many years in Colombia.

The genus contains eight species:

Sampera asplundii (H. Rob.) V.A. Funk & H. Rob., comb. nov. Oligactis asplundii H. Rob., Phytologia 35(3): 200 (1977).

Ecuador.

Sampera coriacea (Hieron.) V.A. Funk & H. Rob., comb. nov. (Figs.1. 2).

Liabum coriaceum Hieron., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 29: 58 (1900). Oligactis coriacea (Hieron.) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(1): 58 (1974).

Liabum scandens Domke in Diels, Bibloth. Bot. 116: 167 (1937). Oligactis scandens (Domke) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(1): 59 (1974).

Liabum granatense Cuatrec., Feddes Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 55: 128 (1953). Oligactis granatensis (Cuatrec.) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(1): 58 (1974).

Oligactis coriacea var. granatensis (Cuatrec.) H. Rob., Phytologia 35(3): 201 (1977).

Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.

Sampera cuatrecasasii (M.O. Dillon & Sagást.) V.A. Funk & H. Rob., comb. nov.

Oligactis cuatrecasasii M.O. Dillon & Sagást., Arnaldoa 2(2): 25 (1994)[1995].

Peru.

Sampera cusalaguensis (Hieron.) V.A. Funk & H. Rob., comb. nov.

Liabum cusalaguense Hieron., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 29: 55 (1900). Oligactis cusalaguensis (Hieron.) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(1): 58(1974).

Ecuador.

Sampera ecuadoriensis (Hieron.) V.A. Funk & H. Rob., comb. nov.

Liabum ecuadoriense Hieron., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 19: 60 (1894). Oligactis ecuadoriensis (Hieron.) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(1): 58 (1974).

Ecuador.

Sampera ochracea (Cuatrec.) V.A. Funk & H. Rob., comb. nov. Liabum ochraceum Cuatrec., Collect. Bot. Barcilone 3: 302 (1953). Oligactis ochracea (Cuatrec.) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(1): 58 (1974).

Peru.

Sampera pastoensis (Cuatrec.) V.A. Funk & H. Rob., comb. nov. Liabum pastoense Cuatrec., Not. Fl. Colomb. 6: 36 (1944). Oligactis pastoensis (Cuatrec.) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(l): 58 (1974).

Colombia.

Sampera pichinchensis (Hieron.) V.A. Funk & H. Rob., comb. nov. Liabum pichinchense Hieron., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 29: 56 (1900). Oligactis pichinchensis (Hieron.) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(1): 59 (1974).

Liabum hallii Hieron., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 29: 57 (1900). Oligactis hallii (Hieron.) H. Rob. & Brettell, Phytologia 28(1): 58 (1974).

Ecuador.

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