Family Heliconiaceae
Basionym Heliconia magnifica W. J. Kress
Original Identification Heliconia magnifica W. J. Kress, sp. nov.
Current Taxon Heliconia magnifica W. J. Kress
Protologue location in folder
Protologue Citation Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 62(2): 246-248, f. 2. 1981.
Holotype/Isotype Holotype (4 sheets)
DUKE Accession Number 273547
Comments  
Primary Collector W. John Kress
Collector Number 77-850A
Collection Date 15 Aug 1977
Country Panama
Province/State Panama
Plant Location Notes Cerro Campana, beyond the Fu Lai Motel, elev. 3000'; on moist wooded slope above banana planting.
Plant Description Notes Plant 5 m, musoid; petiole 175 cm, blade 148 cm long by 54 cm, dark green above, with light midrib, green below with maroon tinted margins and yellowish midrib. Inflorescence pendulous, 55 cm long; peduncle red, woolly. Rachis flexuose, red. Branch bracts rotate, 10 cm long; red to white above midrib within, velutinous; outside, red and longvelutinous. Margins straight. Floral bract pink. Free sepal below. Perianth white at base, yellow toward tip, glabrous to velutinous toward tip with golden hairs. Ovary slightly blue-tinted white, pedicle white.
Broad geographical location Central America
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