Monographs Details: Rapatea fanshawei var. fanshawei
Authority: Maguire, Bassett. 1965. The Botany of the Guayana Highland. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 12 (3): 1-285.
Family:Rapateaceae
Description:Latin Diagnosis - Herbae terrestres perennes 8-12(-15) dm altae; caudice brevi erecto; vaginis compressis aequalibus lanceolatis, 1.5-3.5 dm longis, 3-4 cm latis, conduplicatis; laminis papyraceis, lanceolatis vulgo 10-14 cm latis, 6-11 dm longis, falcate acuminatis, basi abrupte oblique constricta, petiolo deficiente; nervis primariis conspicuis vulgo 30-40, non-punctatis, ventrale sparse brunneo-puberulentis; pedunculis aliquot, 3-5 dm longis, valde compressis sursum, valde alatis, distale 2.0-2.5 cm latis, valde nervosis; capitulo oblique subreniformi, subcompresso semisphaerico; bracteis involucralibus 2 late lanceolatis, basim oblique reniformibus, 10-20 cm longis, 5-6 cm latis; receptaculo paleaceo, paleis triangularibus 2-5 m m longis; spieulis numerosis 14-17 mm longis, brevi pedicellatis; bracteolis valde gradatis 5-15 mm longis, subinduratis, apicem 3-nervis, brevipungentibus, apiculo 0.75-1.0 mm longo; corollis flavis; staminibus 6; granis pollinis subsphaeroideooblongis, axibus equatorialibus 30-33 µ, axibus polaribus ca. 45 µ, longis; aperturis zonisulcatis; sporodermis equatorale conspicue scrobiculatis; ovariis 3-locularibus, loculis uni-ovulis, duobus sterilibus; capsulis induratis; semine solitario, oblongo, ca. 4.5 mm longo, 1.2 mm diam, striato.

Distribution and Ecology - Distribution. In woodland or woodland margins, on damp or wet white sand, the sandstone areas at median altitudes in the eastern and southern Pakaraima Mountains.