Family Heliconiaceae
Basionym Heliconia sessilis W. J. Kress
Original Identification Heliconia sessilis W. J. Kress
Current Taxon Heliconia sessilis W. J. Kress
Protologue location in folder
Protologue Citation Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 62(2): 251-253, f. 4. 1981.
Holotype/Isotype Holotype (4 sheets)
DUKE Accession Number 280118
Primary Collector W. John Kress
Collector Number 80-1241
Collection Date 28 Aug 1980
Country Panama
Province/State Colon
Plant Location Notes Along road between Fort Sherman and Gatun Lock, 5 km from lock. Elevation 10 feet; in drainage ditch along roadside, in standing water (after storm).
Plant Description Notes Plant 6-7 m; musoid. Leaves: petiole to 173 cm; blade to 202 x 39 cm; green, light green midrib above; dull green, yellow-green midrib below. Inflorescence pendulous to nodding, 69 cm long. Peduncle red puberulous; rachis flexuose, red at basal bracts becoming yellow towards apical bracts. Branch bract rotate, 9 cm long; margins straight; pink to orange, glabrous to puberulous inside; red glabrous outside. Floral bract pale yellow; pink along margin. Flowers: free sepal below; perianth dark yellow, paler basally, glabrous, puberulous along sepal margins; ovary white, pale lavendar at apex, glabrous; pedicel white, reddish near ovary.
Broad geographical location Central America
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