Monographs Details: Gustavia terminaliflora S.A.Mori
Authority: Prance, Ghillean T. & Mori, S. A. 1979. Lecythidaceae - Part I. The actinomorphic-flowered New World Lecythidaceae (Asteranthos, Gustavia, Grias, Allantoma & Cariniana). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 21: 1-270. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Latin Diagnosis - Arbores 7 m alta, folia arcte aggregata ad apicem ramorum, rami 8 mm in diametro sub folia. Laminae oblanceolatae vel spathulatae, 29-35 x 10-12 cm, glabrae, paribus venarum lateralium 16-20; apice laesae; basi acutae; margini-bus integris. Petioli carentes vel usque ad 5 mm longi. Inflorescentiae racemosae, terminales; pedicelli 35-40 mm, bracteolis 2, sub hypanthium insertis. Flores ignoti. Fructus globosus, planatus ad summum, seminibus 1-4 per fructum, sine carunculis contortis.

Discussion:The only other species of Gustavia with terminal inflorescences and sessile or nearly sessile leaves are G. pubescens, G. sessilis, G. monocaulis, G. angustifolia, and G. dodsonii. The first three species belong to section Grandibracteata and therefore differ from the new species, a member of section Gustavia, in the characters given in the key to sections of Gustavia. The glabrous abaxial leaf surface of G. terminaliflora separates it from G. angustifolia and its smaller leaves (29-35 x 10-12 cm versus 78-90 x 20-27 cm) with fewer pairs of lateral veins (16-20 versus 36-37) distinguish it from G. dodsonii.

The specific epithet refers to the terminal position of the flowers.
Distribution:Amazonas Peru South America| Peru South America|