Monographs Details: Gustavia flagellata S.A.Mori var. flagellata
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:Description - Leaf blades narrowly obovate to elliptic, 33-72 x 13-31 cm with a length to width ratio of 2.2-2.9, with 18-23 pairs of lateral veins; the bases usually obtuse, occasionally acute. Pedicellary bracteoles oblong, early caducous, 10 x 4-5 mm. Ovary smooth.

Discussion:Ecology. This variety is a relatively large tree of the second story of moist, forested slopes at around 500 meters elevation. It is common in the forests of the “Parque Nacional Guatopo” of Venezuela.

The only flowering collections were made in April while fruiting material has been gathered in April, June and September.

In the “Parque Nacional Guatopo” clouds of bees were observed swarming around the pendent inflorescences. Unfortunately the flowers were too far from the ground for detailed observation of the pollinators.

Gustavia flagellata is the only Gustavia with the inflorescences commonly over 15 cm in length and sometimes as long as 108 cm. The specific epithet alludes to the long whiplike rachis of the inflorescences.
Distribution:Venezuela South America| Distrito Federal Venezuela South America| Miranda Venezuela South America|