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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium brenesii Croat & R.A.Baker

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Costa Rica.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    Epiphyte; stems short, 1.5-2.5 cm diam.; roots moderately few, to ca. 5 mm diam.; cataphylls moderately thick, 10-25 cm long, acuminate at apex, tinged red at margins, weathering into fibers, drying light brown. LEAVES pendent; petioles 14-45 cm long, ca. 6 mm diam., terete: geniculum to 1.5 cm long; blades oblong, moderately coriaceous, abruptly to gradually short-acuminate at apex, acute to weakly attenuate at base, 32-68 cm long, 6-10.3 cm wide, broadest near the middle, the midrib raised above and below; the primary lateral veins 13-15 per side, departing midrib at 55° angle, sunken above, prominulous below; collective vein arising from the base, 2-5 mm from the margin, sunken above, raised below. INFLORESCENCE erect or pendent, shorter than the leaves; peduncle (10)28-43 cm long, 4-5 mm diam., terete, shorter or longer than petioles; spathe moderately thick, medium green sometimes tinged reddish at anthesis, ovate to ovate-elliptic, 5.5-8.5 cm long, 3.5-5.5 cm wide, broadest from 1 cm above the base to about the middle, acute to rounded and apiculate at apex, cordate and somewhat clasping at base, inserted at 25°-40° angle on peduncle, ± erect and held close to spadix or at ca. 45° angle to peduncle; spadix sessile or subsessilc, green, reddish-brown to red-violet, 7-8 cm long, to 8 mm diam., at base, to 6 mm diam. at apex; flowers square to weakly 4-lobed, 1.7-2.5 mm long in both directions; 6-10 flowers visible in the principal spiral, 6-9 flowers visible in the alternate spiral; the lateral tepals to 1.2 mm wide, the inner margin concave, pistil green scarcely emergent, the stigma oblong, 0.5-0.6 mm long; stamens emerging rapidly throughout, lateral stamens first, quickly followed by alternate stamens, exserted on short, translucent filaments, retracting to hold anthers just above the margins of the tepals; anthers orange, ca. 0.6 mm long, 0.8 mm wide; thecae ovate-ellipsoid, slightly divaricate; pollen orange, faintly spicy scented at anthesis. INFRUCTESCENCE spreading to pendent, the spathe usually withered, the spadix to 9 cm long, 2 cm diam.; berries exserted ca. 1 mm, before maturity, obovoid, flattened, orange (B & K Yellow-red 7/5), 9-11 mm long, 5-7.5 mm diam., rounded at apex; mesocarp juicy with sparse, thick raphide cells; seeds 2 (rarely 1), tan, 3-4.5 mm long, 2.2-3 mm wide, 1.8-2.2 mm thick, enveloped in almost translucent (tinged orange) casing, ca. 10 mm long and as wide as the seed.
    Presently known only from the Cordillera Central in the Province of Alajuela between San Ramon and Quesada.



    Native to:

    Costa Rica

    Other Data

    Anthurium brenesii Croat & R.A.Baker appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1979 Croat, T.B. [46923], Costa Rica K000434078 isotype
    Jan 1, 1979 Croat, T.B. [46923 E], Costa Rica K000434079


    First published in Brenesia 16(Suppl.): 28 (1979)

    Accepted by

    • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
    • Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.


    CATE Araceae
    Haigh, A., Clark, B., Reynolds, L., Mayo, S.J., Croat, T.B., Lay, L., Boyce, P.C., Mora, M., Bogner, J., Sellaro, M., Wong, S.Y., Kostelac, C., Grayum, M.H., Keating, R.C., Ruckert, G., Naylor, M.F. and Hay, A., CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

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