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


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

General Description
Epiphyte or terrestrial on steep banks; stem short or long, 1-1.3 cm diam.; roots few, directed downward; cataphylls moderately thin, 6-14 cm long, blunt to acuminate at apex, drying brown (B & K Red-yellow 4/10), remaining intact, subsequently deciduous. LEAVES usually held ± erect to spreading; petioles 15-20 cm long, 4-6 mm diam. midway, terete; geniculum (0.5)1.5-2 cm long, weakly flattened adaxially; blades oblong-oblanceolate, moderately thick (drying somewhat reddish-brown or gray with purplish splotches), gradually acuminate at apex, narrowly cuneate at base, 36-48 cm long, 6.8-8 cm wide, broadest at or just above the middle; upper surface glossy to semiglossy or matte, lower surface semiglossy; midrib prominently raised above and below, broad at the base, becoming acute and narrow, then diminished and sunken at apex above, obtusely angled, sometimes tinged reddish near the base below; primary lateral veins 10-20 per side, departing midrib at ca. 60° angle, ± straight to the collective vein, flat and somewhat obscure above, raised below; collective vein arising from near the base, more conspicuous than the primary lateral veins, 2-9 mm from margin, weakly sunken above, prominulous below. INFLORESCENCE spreading, as long as or longer than the leaves; peduncle 40-53 cm long, to 4 mm diam., terete, longer than petioles; spathe moderately thin, light green sometimes tinged purple at margins (B & K Yellow-green 7/10) oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate, 6.5-9 cm long, 1.3-2.3 cm diam., broadest near the base, acuminate-cuspidate at apex, rounded to weakly cordate and slightly clasping at base, the margins sometimes joining petiole at slightly different levels; spadix sessile, greenish-brown to purplish-brown (B & K Yellow 6/7.5), 9-12.2 cm long, 5-7 mm diam. at base, to 3 mm diam. at apex; flowers rhombic to weakly 4-lobed, 2-3 mm wide in both directions, the sides straight to weakly sigmoid; 5-9 flowers visible in either spiral; tepals weakly glossy to matte, pale yellow-green with purplish inner edges, pale punctate, with a few scattered droplets, lateral tepals 1-1.3 mm wide, the inner margin broadly convex to almost straight; pistils weakly emergent, greenish; stigma ellipsoid-circular, ca. 5 mm long, brushlike and exserted, dark violet-purple, with a conspicuous droplet appearing briefly, well before first anthers emerge, dry and dark when anthers emerge; stamens emerging promptly from near the middle of the spadix or from the base, held ca. 1 mm above the tepals at anthesis, the filament ca. 3 times longer than the anthers, soon retracting the anther to the level of the tepals; anthers yellow-brown, 0.4-0.5 mm long, 0.7-0.8 mm wide, not contiguous; thecae weakly divaricate, oblong-elliptic: pollen orange (B & K Yellow 8/2.5), drying tan to whitish, quickly disappearing. INFRUCTESCENCE pendent-spreading; spadix ca. 12 cm long, ca. 1.9 cm diam., bearing berries in the basal half only; berries narrowly ovate, 6-6.7 mm long, 3-3.4 mm wide, acute to narrowly rounded at apex, red-orange (B & K Yellow-red 5/2.5); pericarp red-orange; mesocarp gelatinous, pale orange, with numerous raphide cells; seeds 1 or 2, elliptic, pale yellow, sometimes weakly flattened, 3.2-3.5 mm long, 2-2.1 mm wide, 1.2-2 mm thick, surrounded by a sticky amber envelope.
Premontane rain forest.
Known from the type locality in Costa Rica and found in Ecuador.

Native to:

Costa Rica

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Burger [10096], Costa Rica K000434077 isotype

First published in Brenesia 16(Suppl.): 30 (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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