Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Calathea villosa

(Lodd.) Lindl., Edward's Bot. Reg. 31, p1.14.1845

Moderately pubescent, acaulescent herb, to 80 cm tall; roots with tubers. Petioles 1.5-6 cm long; blades oblong­-elliptic to obovate, short-acuminate, obtuse at base, 15-60 cm long, 8-15 cm wide, pubescent on upper surface, with 5-7 dark-green markings equally spaced on blade between margin and midrib. Inflorescences on leafless scape usually overtopping leaves; bracts 4-7, 2-ranked, not imbricate, 2-3 cm long; flowers yellow, autogamous, 3.5-4 cm long. Fruits not studied. Croat 10913.

Cultivated at the Laboratory Clearing. Flowers during the rainy season, beginning about July.

Costa Rica to Brazil. In Panama, known from season­ally dry parts of tropical moist forest and from     premon­tane moist forest in the Canal Zone and Panama; known also from premontane wet forest in Panama (Cerro Campana).