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


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. 1400 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit
Hierba, epífita
No Evaluada


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

General Description
Epiphyte; stems to 25 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm diam.; internodes to 1.5 cm long on lower part of stem, shorter near apex; roots sparse, long-slender; cataphylls 3-6 cm long, drying reddish brown, persisting more or less intact or weathering into coarse fibers. LEAVES erect-spreading; petioles 6-16 cm long, ca. 3-4 mm diam. sulcate, rounded abaxially; geniculum ca. 1.5 cm long; blades ovate-elliptic to oblong-elliptic, abruptly acuminate at apex (the acumen ca. 1 cm long, downturned), obtuse to subroundcd (rarely acute) at base, 8-15 cm long, 3.5-6.5 on wide, broadest near middle or below, both surfaces glandular-punctate; midrib raised on both surfaces; primary lateral veins 10-13 per side, departing midrib at 45° angle, drying raised above and below; interprimary veins drying raised above and below; collective vein arising from near the base, 5-10 mm from margin. INFLORESCENCE erect-spreading, equalling or longer than leaves; peduncle 8-18 cm long, ca. 3 mm diam., equalling or to 3 times longer than petioles; spathe moderately thin, green, sometimes tinged red, oblong-lanceolate, 3.5-4.5 cm long, 0.6-1 cm wide, broadest near base, acuminate at apex, obtuse at base, inserted at 45-60° angle on peduncle; spadix reddish to rust or maroon, 4-9 cm long, 3-5 mm diam. near base, 2-3 mm diam. near apex; flowers (dry) rhombic, ca. 3.5 mm long, 1.5-2 mm wide, the sides straight to weakly sigmoid; 3-5 flowers visible in either spiral; lateral tepals 1.5-1.6 mm wide, the inner margin broadly rounded; pistils not emergent; stamens probably quickly retracting, not visible on dry specimens. INFRUCTESCENCE with spadix ca. 11 cm long, 6-10 mm diam., berries (dry) round, yellow or orange, 2-3 mm long, ca. 2-3 mm diam., with 4 weak ridges radiating from apex; seeds 1 or 2 (2 berries observed), whitish, ca. 2 mm long, 1.2-1.6 mm wide, ca. 0.8 mm thick, with a gelatinous appendage at one end only.
Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.
Tropical wet, premontane rain, and lower montane forest life zones.

Native to:

Colombia, Costa Rica, Panamá

Anthurium alticola Croat appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 14: 29 (1986)

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.
  • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.


CATE Araceae

  • Croat, T.B. 1986. A revision of the genus Anthurium (Araceae) of Mexico and Central America. Part II: Panama. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden. 14: 1-204

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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