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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium pseudospectabile Croat

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Panama.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    Usually epiphytic; stem ± slender, less than 30 cm long, 1.5-5 cm diam.; leaf scars 2-4 cm wide; roots few, spreading to descending, pale grayish to pale tan, occasionally greenish, somewhat pubescent, thick and elongate, tapered, 3-6 mm diam.; cataphylls coriaceous to subcoriaceous, lanceolate, stiffly erect, 19-37 cm long, acute to obtuse or ± rounded at apex, with subapical apiculum to ca. 4 mm long, light green, drying orange brown to tan, persisting intact, eventually as a reticulum of fibers. LEAVES spreading to pendent; petioles 14-60 cm long, 7-12 mm diam., subterete to bluntly 4-sided, flattened to weakly and broadly sulcate adaxially, rounded abaxially, the surface pale-speckled; geniculum thicker and slightly paler than petiole, 1-3 cm long; blades subcoriaceous to coriaceous, oblong to oblong-elliptic, gradually acuminate at apex (the acumen weakly apiculate), decurrent to obtuse to truncate or subcordate at base, 45-150 cm long, 12-45 cm wide, broadest at or just below the middle, the margins weakly undulate; upper surface matte to semiglossy, dark green, lower surface semiglossy to glossy, slightly paler; midrib obtusely angular, becoming flat toward the apex above, prominently convex to round-raised, conspicuously paler than surface below; primary lateral veins up to 40 per side, departing midrib at 35-75° angle, straight to weakly arcuate to the collective vein, raised above in grooves, prominently raised below; interprimary veins almost as conspicuous as primary lateral veins, flat to weakly sunken above, raised below; tertiary veins obscure above, slightly darker than surface and weakly raised below; collective vein arising from near the base, sunken above, prominently raised below, equally as prominent as primary lateral veins, 2-5 mm from margin. INFLORESCENCES spreading-pendent; peduncle 13-36 cm long, 5-9 mm diam., equalling up to 1.5 x as long as petiole, terete to weakly quadrangular with blunt margins; spathe usually twisted or recurled, moderately coriaceous, green below, heavily tinged with purple above, lanceolate, 10-32 cm long, 2.5-7 cm wide, broadest near base, inserted at 45-60° angle on peduncle, gradually acuminate at apex, rounded to cordate at base; spadix yellowish green to green, sessile, narrowly tapered, 15-38 cm long, 8-12 mm diam. near base, 3-5 mm diam. near apex; flowers rhombic, ca. 3.5 mm long, 2.7-3 mm wide, the sides straight to weakly sigmoid; 4-7 flowers visible in principal spiral, 6-9 in alternate spiral; tepals matte, minutely papillate; lateral tepals 1.8-2 mm wide, the inner margins convex, turned up against the pistil; pistils early emergent, pale green; stigma linear, 0.6 mm long; stamens emerging ± rapidly from the base, arranged in a loose cluster around pistil; filaments ca. 0.3 mm long, ca. 0.5 mm wide; anthers white; thecae oblong, scarcely divaricate; pollen white. INFRUCTESCENCE pendent; berries orange, oblong-ellipsoid, 10-12 mm long, 5-6 mm diam.
    Endemic to Panama.
    Probably premontane wet or premontane rain forest.



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    Other Data

    Anthurium pseudospectabile Croat appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Croat, T.B. [49942], Panama K000434348 isotype
    Croat, T.B. [49942], Panama K000434349 isotype


    First published in Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 14: 165 (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.


    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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