Lodd., Bot. Cab. 8, pl, 771. 1823 Cogollos
Epiphyte. Leaves many, equaling or exceeding inflorescences in length, very narrowly triangular, acuminate, 15-40 cm long, 7-12 mm wide, densely and minutely appressed-lepidote, recurving; sheaths triangular-ovate, with purple stripes. Scapes erect, very short; scape bracts imbricate, mostly ovate and acute; inflorescences simple, elliptic, strongly flattened, 10-15 cm long, to 5.5 cm wide; floral bracts densely imbricate, boat-shaped, acute, to 4 cm long, as many as 20 of them fertile, each subtending a flower; flowers appearing one at a time, soon withering; sepals narrowly lanceolate, acute, ca 3 cm long, keeled; petals more than twice as long as sepals, the claw linear, white, the blade lanceolate-elliptic, blue, recurved at anthesis; stamens deeply included, exceeding the style; ovary superior. Capsules cylindrical, to 2.5 cm long, rugose outside; seeds ca 1.7 cm long, comose, the seminiferous area ca 3 mm long, the coma fused and refolded at middle. Croat 8503, Shattuck 560.
Apparently rare, though the number of earlier collections indicates possibly greater abundance. Flowers in the middle to late rainy season. The fruits mature in the dry season.
Guatemala to Colombia, Venezuela, and the Guianas; Trinidad. In Panama, known only from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone and Darién.