Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

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Megaskepasma erythrochlamys


Suffruticose, to 3 m tall. Stem quadrangular, brown-puberulous, much-branched at base. Leaf blade oblong, to 19 x 7 cm (lowermost probably larger), short-acuminate, cuneate at base, rather firm, entire or undulate, both surfaces sparingly and minutely hirtellous, trichomes confined to primary and secondary veins (12-15 pairs), cystoliths none. Spikes solitary, terminalto 18 x 4 cm, peduncle (ca. 3.5 cm long) and rachis brown-puberulous; bracts ovate, 30-44 x 11-17 mm, subobtuse and mucronulate at apex, narrowed at base, dark pink, purple or red, sparingly and finely strigose; bracteoles ovate-lanceolate, subfalcate, to 36 x 8 mm, acute, pubescence similar to bracts. Calyx lobes lanceolate, to 15 x 3 mm, narrowed to a slender, blunt tip, rather densely hirsute, trichomes curved, brown, vitreous, some of the shorter ones gland-tipped; corolla white distally, grading to dark pink proximally, pilosulous, trichomes mostly retrorsely curved, white, corolla tube ca. 22 x 2-3 mm, straight or slightly curved, upper lip lanceolate, 36 x 5 mm, 2-lobed, lobes oblong, 1.5 x 0.5 mm, recurved, lower lip narrowly cuneate, 32 x 9 mm, 3-lobed, lobes 7 x 3 mm, obtuse; stamens exserted ca. 30 mm beyond mouth of corolla tube, anthers 4.5 x 1.5 mm, base of thecae mucronulate; ovary 2 mm long, glabrous. Capsule clavate, 35 x 9 x 7 mm, glabrous, stipe 20 x 5.5-6 mm; retinacula 4 mm long, flat and truncate at tip; seeds suborbicular, ca. 6 mm in diam., flattened, yellowish-brown, glabrous.


Southern America: Colombia (Colombia present); Venezuela (Venezuela present), Suriname cultivated
Venezuela and Colombia, cultivated in Suriname, Paramaribo, Cultuur Tuin, Hermelijn 3 (US).