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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium thrinax Madison

        This species is accepted, and its native range is French Guiana, Guyana.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.


    Anthurium thrinax is endemic to the Guianas at 550-900 m, known presently from French Guiana and Guyana but to be expected in Suriname.

    General Description

    Usually terrestrial among rocks, rarely epiphyte. Stems short, runners from stem with tuber-like swellings, often stilt-rooted; internodes 1-2 cm long, 8-18 mm diam., dark green, semiglossy; cataphylls persisting intact, semi-intact or withering to light brown fibers, soon deciduous. Leaves erect-spreading; petioles terete, sharply and narrowly flattened adaxially, obscurely and narrowly sulcate with faint medial-rib adaxially, 21-116 cm long, ca. 4 mm diam., 1-3 times longer than the blades; blades 20-57 cm long, 16-38 cm wide, thinly coriaceous, dark green and subvelvety above, slightly paler and matte below, leaflets trisect oblong-elliptic or rarely elliptic, acuminate at apex, attenuate to cuneate at base, 25-35 (44) cm long, 7-9 (15) cm wide, with margins undulate; midrib narrow-raised above, narrow-raised and paler below; primary lateral veins 10-14 per side, arising at 45-55° angle, loop-connected, forming collective vein usually arising from base, rarely from one of the lower primary lateral veins; tertiary veins weakly quilted-sunken above, weakly pleated-raised below; tertiary veins darker than surface; collective veins 6-11 mm from the margins. INFLORESCENCE erect with peduncle slender, terete, spreading and recurled, 16-85 cm long, 2.5 mm diam., medium green or purplish green; spathe green to purplish green, sometimes tinted red, purplish at base, linear-lanceolate, 5-10 cm long, 6-10 mm wide, erect-spreading, reflexed persistent; spadix 5-10 cm long, 4-6 mm diam., pale green, ochre yellow, or bluish green, matte, stipitate to ca. 1 cm or rarely sessile; tepals matte; pollen white. Flowers 6-7 visible per spiral, 3.6-3.7 mm long, 3.0-3.3 mm wide, drying tan, smooth with a short row of whitish cellular inclusions along the margins; lateral tepaIs 1.8-2.0 mm wide, outer margins 2-sided, inner margin rounded. INFRUCTESCENCE: berries purplish red, globose.


    Native to:

    French Guiana, Guyana

    Other Data

    Anthurium thrinax Madison appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Selbyana 2: 249 (1978)

    Accepted by

    • Croat, T.B., Bossart, L. & Kostelac, C.V. (2008). A revision of the 3-segmented species of Anthurium sect. Dactylophyllium (Araceae) Aroideana 31: 57-84.
    • 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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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.