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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium versicolor Sodiro

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


    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. 220 - 3000 m.; Andes, Pacífico.
    Hierba, trepadora, epífita, hemiepífita
    No Evaluada

    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.


    Anthurium versicolor ranges from Colombia (Antioquia, Cauca, Choco, Cundinamarca, Narifio, Risaralda, Valle del Cauca), Ecuador (Azuay, Bolivar, Cafiar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Esmeraldas, Imbabura, Loja, Los Rios, Marona-Santiago, Napo, Pastaza, Pichincha, Sucumbios, Tungurahua, Zamara-Chinchipe), Peru (Amazonas, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanuco, Junin, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, San Martin, Ucayali) and Bolivia (Cochabamba, La Paz), at elevations of 180-3,200 m, primarily from 900-1,900 m, in Tropical dry forest, Premontane wet forest, Tropical wet forest, Premontane rain forest, Lower montane dry forest and Lower montane rain forest life zones. The species is common in Pichincha Province and has also been collected in Carchi Province at 1,800 m. It is unusual in also ranging to the Amazon basin with a few collections in Pastaza and Morona-Chinchipe. At La Planada, it is common in both regrowth forest and primary forest. The type locality of the species is on the eastern slopes of the Andes at Rio Masia, along the road between Quito and Baeza. Though the Rio Masia collection has not been seen, a second collection cited by Sodiro from Nono is an excellent match for the La Planada material.

    General Description

    Appressed epiphyte, climber, or sometimes terrestrial; juvenile plants with petioles 14-18 cm long, 1-2 mm diam.; blades triangular-ovate, cordate, 10-16 cm long, 4-8 cm wide; adults with internodes 3-10 cm long, 2-3.7 cm diam., medium green to gray-green, eventually turning brownish, semiglossy, becoming densely transversely fissured; cataphylls mushy at upper nodes, persisting as the basal portion of pale fibers or deciduous, drying reddish brown; petioles (37)43-86 cm long (averaging 56.1 cm), drying 6-11 mm diam., erect-spreading, terete or obscurely and narrowly sulcate, medium green, semiglossy; blades ovate-cordate, acuminate at apex, 35-84 cm long, 23-44 cm wide (averaging 53 X 32 cm), 1.4-1.9 times longer than broad, .7-1.3 times longer than the petioles, broadest just above point of petiole attachment, subcoriaceous, convex at margins; lower surface slightly to moderately paler, matte to weakly glossy, drying light to medium olive above, lighter, often with a golden sheen below; anterior lobe 24-64 cm long; posterior lobes 12-23 cm long, 9-18 cm wide, directed inward; sinus spathulate, 10-18 cm deep, 2-5(8) cm wide; upper surface dark green, matte with a velvety sheen; midrib acute and slightly paler above, convex or narrowly rounded, paler and weakly ridged below; basal veins 6-8 pair, raised on both surfaces, at least upon drying, the first 2 or 3 free to base, the remainder coalesced for 2-7 cm; posterior rib naked for 2-6 cm



    Native to:

    Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Other Data

    Anthurium versicolor Sodiro appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Anales Univ. Centr. Ecuador 15(108): 13 (1901)

    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.
    • 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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