Monographs Details: Cavendishia megabracteata Luteyn var. megabracteata
Authority: Luteyn, James L. 1983. Ericaceae--part I. Cavendishia. Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 35: 1-290. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Variety Description - Leaves ovate, lanceolate, lance-elliptic, or oblong, (4-)8-12(-15) cm long, basally obtuse, rounded, or truncate. Inflorescence (2-)5-9(-12)-flowered; rachis (0.6-)0.8-2(-3.5) cm long and ca. 2 mm diam.; floral bracts (20-)30-60(-70) X (10-)15-25(-45) mm, pale purplish, bright rose, or dark pink when fresh. Calyx 7-11(-13) mm long; hypanthium 2-5 mm long, the apophysate base straight or flaring, extending well below articulation; limb cylindric to slightly spreading, smooth, (4-)5-7.5(-9) mm long; corolla 31-40(-43) mm long; stamens 24.5-36 mm long; filaments alternately 2.5-7.5 mm and 7.5-13.5 mm long; anthers alternately 21.5-32.5 mm and 16-26.5 mm long; thecae 6-13 mm long; style 3241 mm long.


Distribution and Ecology: Generally an epiphytic shrub, often viney in habit, found in montane cloud forest or along shaded trails through forest at elevations of 1700-2500 m on the slopes of Volcán Barú and Cerro Horqueta, western Chiriquí Prov., Panama. It flowers from December to August, but most abundantly in January, and has been collected in early fruit in January.

Distribution:Panama Central America| Chiriquí Panamá Central America|