Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro and Brewer, Steven W. 2016. "Spathelia belizensis, a new species and first record for the genus in Central America (tribe Spathelieae, Rutaceae)." PhytoKeys (75): 145-151. https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.75.10015
Spathelia L. as currently circumscribed is endemic to the western portion of the West Indies, and contains nine species, one endemic to the Bahamas, three endemic to Jamaica and five endemic to Cuba. The discovery of a new species in Belize brings the total number of species in Spathelia to ten and expands its known distribution beyond the West Indies. Spathelia belizensissp. nov. is herein described, illustrated and contrasted to its most morphologically similar congener. A key to the species of Spathelia is provided.