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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium circinatum Croat

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Panama.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    Lower montane rain forest.
    General Description
    Epiphytic or terrestrial; stems to 30 cm long, ca. 1.5 cm diam.; leaf scars ca. 8 mm wide; roots few, descending, ca. 3 mm diam.; cataphylls medium thick, 3-5 cm long, acuminate, drying light brown (B & K Yellow 5/5), weathering to stiff brown fibers, persisting in the existing leaf axils and a few of the leafless axils. LEAVES spreading; petioles 6-39 cm long, 2-5 mm diam.; terete or weakly sulcate, minutely speckled; geniculum 6-11 mm long, shaped like the petiole; blades narrowly ovate-oblong or rarely elliptic-oblong, coriaceous, sometimes arched along the midrib, downturned and acuminate at apex, rounded to obtuse at base, 13-33 cm long, 2-11 cm wide, broadest just below the middle, the margin straight and flat; upper surface matte, sunken glandular-punctate, lower surface glossy to semiglossy, minutely and densely glandular-punctate; midrib narrowly and prominently raised almost to the apex above, then abruptly sunken, paler than surface, flat or prominulous and paler below; primary lateral veins 6-12 per side, departing midrib at ca. 45° angle, sunken above and below, more or less straight to the collective vein, drying prominulous on both surfaces; all lesser veins obscure above, slightly visible below; interprimary veins less obscure on drying; collective vein arising from the base, mostly 3-7 mm from the margin. INFLORESCENCE spreading or erect-spreading, shorter than the longest leaves; peduncle 7-34 cm long, 1-3 mm diam., flexible, usually shorter than petioles, rarely longer; spathe chartaceous, pale green tinged purplish, oblong-lanceolate to ovate, 2.5-7 cm long, 6-10 mm wide, broadest at the base, short-acuminate at apex (the acumen hooked), rounded to subcordate at base, the margins sometimes turned under, inserted at 10° angle on peduncle; stipe 3-15 (rarely to 30) mm long, ca. 2 mm diam., green, sometimes tinged reddish; spadix light brown usually twisted like a corkscrew at maturity, 4.5-23.7 cm long, 4-5 mm diam. midway, 3-4 mm diam. near apex; flowers rhombic to 4-lobed, 2.8-3.2 mm long, 3-4.2 mm wide, the principal spiral usually with 2-3 flowers visible, 6-7 flowers visible in the alternate spiral, the sides adjacent to the spirals straight, the sides perpendicular to the spirals slightly sigmoid; tepals matte, minutely papillate, the lateral tepals 2.7-3.3 mm wide, the inner margin slightly concave; pistils pale green, glossy, weakly protruding, the stigma linear, ca. 0.5 mm long; lateral stamens emerging more or less rapidly and irregularly from base to apex before alternate stamens have emerged to middle, weakly exserted on short, fleshy filaments, retracted and held at the edge of the pistil in a tight circle, the anthers pale yellow, ca. 0.3 mm long, 0.6 mm wide, the thecae broadly ellipsoid, slightly divaricate; pollen white. INFRUCTESCENCE more or less pendent, the spathe deciduous, the spadix 15-41 cm long; berries globose to depressed-globose, red, ca. 8 mm long.
    Panama; Bocas del Toro and Chiriquí Provinces.



    Native to:


    Other Data

    Anthurium circinatum Croat appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1984 Croat, T.B. [59319], Venezuela K000434099 isotype
    Jan 1, 1976 Croat, T.B. [33102], Panama K000434093 isotype


    First published in Selbyana 5: 317 (1981)

    Accepted by

    • 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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