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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Colombia to Ecuador.


    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. 200 - 2280 m.; Andes, Pacífico.
    Hierba, epífita
    No Evaluada

    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.


    Anthurium umbricola ranges from Colombia (Antioquia, Cauca, Narino, Valle del Cauca) to Ecuador (Azuay, Bolfvar, Cafiar, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Los Rios, Manabi, Pichincha), at elevations of 250-2,100 m in Tropical dry forest, Premontane dry forest, Premontane wet forest, Tropical wet forest, Premontane rain forest and Lower montane dry forest. This species is quite common throughout La Planada. A member of sect. Polphyrochitonium, this species is apparently quite variable especially in blade shape and venation, but it is characterized by its typically terrestrial habit, C- to D-shaped petioles exceeding more or less ovate, black-drying blades which are acute to rounded at base. Also characteristic is the short spadix.

    Subaquatoriale andine Provinz: Colombia, an Abhängen, bisweilen epiphytisch in tropischen Wäldern der westlichen Anden bei Popayan um 1400-1800 m (F. C. Lehmann n. 5323, 5324 - blühend im Juni - Herb. Berlin).

    General Description

    Terrestrial or epiphytic; plants 30-150 cm tall; internodes 2.5-4 cm long, 5-10 mm diam., drying black; cataphylls 4--6 cm long, drying reddish brown, persisting semi-intact or as a reticulum of fibers at upper nodes, as a loosely organized reticulum of fibers lower nodes; petioles 12-28(42) cm long (averaging 20.3 cm), 2-4 mm diam., erect-spreading, drying dark brown, C-shaped, bluntly D-shaped with weakly erect margins, ranging from having a weak medial rib to being canaliculate; geniculum 1-1.3 cm long, drying black, darker than petiole or blade; blades narrowly ovate to ovate-elliptic, acuminate at apex, acute to rounded at base, 12-24 cm long, 7-13 cm wide (averaging 20 x 10 cm), 1.7-2.6 times longer than broad, .6-1.4 times longer than the petioles, broadest at or somewhat below middle, subcoriaceous to thinly coriaceous; both surfaces semiglossy, moderately bicolorous; upper surface drying dark reddish brown, lower surface drying moderately paler; midrib narrowly convex and slightly paler above, acute and slightly paler below, drying dark brown, similar in color to petiole below; primary lateral veins 11-14 per side, departing midrib at 45°-60° angles, etched to etched-sunken above, convex below; interprimary veins almost as prominent as primary lateral veins; collective vein arising from one of first primary lateral veins, 2-4 mm from margin; INFLORESCENCES erect to erect-spreading; peduncle 18-36 cm long, 1-3 mm diam., drying a medium reddish brown; spathe spreading to reflexed, chartaceous, green or reddish, linear, curled down along margins, 2-5 cm long, 2-3 mm wide; spadix medium green, stipitate, cylindroid, 5--6 cm long, 2-4 mm diam.; tepals medium green, semi-glossy; pistils yellowish. INFRUCTESCENCES (not fully mature) with tepals dark green, widely separated from one another; berries white, weakly emergent.

    Caudex circ. 1,5 cm crassus, ultra 2 dm altus: internodiis brevibus. Cataphylla lanceolata stuppose decomposita. Foliorum majorum petiolus 2 dm longus, 3-4 mm crassus, dorso angulosus, supra late canaliculatus, geniculo brevi instructus, lamina coriacea, obscure viridis, late elliptica,  1,5-1,8 dm longa, circ. 1 dm lata, acumine 1,5 cm longo instructa, nervis lateralibus I. numerosis densiusculis, angulo circ. 70-80° a costa abeuntibus, omnibus vel infimis exceptis fere omnibus in nervum collectivum a margine 3 mm remotum conjunctis. Pedunculus quam petiolus longior (circ. 1,6-1 ,8 dm longus). Spatha lineari-lanceolata flavo-viridis, acuminata, quam spadix cylindricus 7 cm longus 5 mm crassus, fere duplo brevior. (3 cm longa), 5 mm lata. Tepala flava latitudine sua paullo breviora (fere 2 mm lata 1,5 mm longa). Ovarium ovoideum, circ. 1,8 mm longum.



    Native to:

    Colombia, Ecuador


    Other Data

    Anthurium umbricola Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Lehman, F.C. [5324], Colombia K000434428
    Lehman, F.C. [5324], Colombia K000434429 isolectotype
    Croat, T.B. [50716], Ecuador K000457175
    Croat, T.B. [55863], Ecuador K000457176
    Croat, T.B. [93407], Ecuador K000457177
    Lehman, F.C. [7751], Ecuador Anthurium umbricola var. rupicola K000434427 Unknown type material


    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 25: 407 (1898)

    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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