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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium tenerum Engl.

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


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    Costa Rica and Colombia (probably in Panama as well).
    In Costa Rica the species is known from lower montane rain forest.
    General Description
    Scandent epiphyte; stems elongate with internodes 1.5-7.5 cm long; roots moderately thin, usually 2-4 at each node; cataphylls 4-6 cm long, thin, acute at apex, drying tan, persisting intact at nodes. LEAVES spreading; petioles 1-3 cm long, 2-3 mm diam., terete, sheath extending l.5-2 cm onto petiole, minutely free at apex; geniculum absent; blades oblong or lanceolate, moderately thin, 9-15 cm long, 2.5-4 cm wide, broadest at middle or just below, acuminate at apex, obtuse to rounded at base; the upper surface semiglossy to glossy, lower surface semiglossy; midrib acutely raised above and below, sunken at apex above; primary lateral veins numerous, nearly obscure above and below; collective vein arising from the base, obscure above and below. INFLORESCENCE spreading, shorter than leaves; peduncle 2.5-4 cm long; spathe green, ovate, 1.5-2 cm long, 2-9 mm wide; spadix green (B & K Yellow-green 6/2.5), ca. 3 cm long, scarcely tapered at apex; flowers 4-lobed, the sides sigmoid; 4-5 flowers visible in the principal spiral, 3-4 flowers visible in the alternate spiral; tepals semiglossy, punctate, the inner margin convex; pistils green, emergent, ± mounded; stigma elliptic, brushlike. INFRUCTESCENCE pendent; spathe absent; spadix to 3.5 cm long; berries subglobose flat at apex. greenish-white immature, mature berry color unknown, probably 5 mm diam. at maturity.

    Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

    Nativa en Colombia; Alt. 1800 - 2420 m.; Andes.
    Hierba, trepadora, epífita
    No Evaluada



    Native to:

    Colombia, Costa Rica

    Other Data

    Anthurium tenerum Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Lehman, F.C. [7534], Colombia K000434433 Unknown type material


    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 25: 377 (1898)

    Accepted by

    • Idárraga-Piedrahita, A., Ortiz, R.D.C., Callejas Posada, R. & Merello, M. (eds.) (2011). Flora de Antioquia: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares 2: 1-939. Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín.
    • 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

    • Croat, T.B. 1983. A revision of the genus Anthurium (Araceae) of Mexico and Central America. Part I: Mexico and Middle America. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden.. 70 (2): 211-420


    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.

    Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

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