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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium sarukhanianum Croat & Haager

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Mexico (Guerrero, Chiapas).


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    Narrowly endemic to western Mexico, known only from the type locality in the state of Guerrero, where it is locally common.
    General Description
    Epiphytic, to less than 1 m tall; stem short, 3 cm diam.; roots dense, 3-5 mm diam., whitish (green when moistened); cataphylls triangular, 7 cm long, weathering into brown fibers. LEAVES erect-spreading; petioles 8-12 cm long, 12-18 mm diam., obtusely U-shaped, deeply sulcate adaxially, the margins erect to incurved (in plants cultivated under epiphytic conditions), rounded abaxially; geniculum shaped like and paler than petiole, 1.2-1.7 cm long; blades moderately coriaceous, oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, shortly acuminate at apex, acute to narrowly rounded at base, 40-75 cm long, (12)17-23 cm wide, the margins broadly and conspicuously undulate; upper surface weakly quilted, glossy, medium green, lower surface matte, slightly paler; midrib above convexly raised (with obscure medial rib on drying), becoming convexly raised toward the middle, below prominently convexly raised and weakly speckled; primary lateral veins 9-12 per side, departing midrib at 40-45° angle, moderately straight to the margin, then ascending, convex on both surfaces; interprimary veins lacking or few; major tertiary veins weakly sunken above, weakly raised and slightly darker than surface below; reticulate veins visible only on lower surface; collective vein absent. INFLORESCENCES erect, much shorter than leaves; peduncle 20 cm long, 5 mm diam., drying 3.5 mm diam., 2-3 x as long as petiole, terete; spathe erect, broadly ovate, 3.5-5 cm long, 2.5-3.5 cm wide, green, heavily tinged or mottled with purple on both surfaces, especially on the inner surface and along margins outside, inserted at 30° angle on peduncle, rounded and retuse at apex (the acumen short apiculate), rounded to subtruncate at base, the margins tightly recurled, meeting at 180° angle, then decurrent for a short distance; spadix medium green, clavate, sessile, held at 160° angle from peduncle, 5 cm long, 7 mm diam. near base, 1.3-1.7 mm diam. near apex, broadest just below the apex, broadly rounded at apex, evenly tapered to the base; flowers rhombic to sub-4-lobed, 2.3-2.7 mm long (fresh), 1.8-2.2 mm long (dry), 1.8-2.3 mm wide (fresh), 2-2.5 mm wide (dry), the sides almost straight to smoothly sigmoid parallel to spiral, jaggedly sigmoid perpendicular to spiral; 13-16 flowers visible in principal spiral, to 20 or more in alternate spiral; tepals semiglossy, minutely papillate, with few subrounded inclusions visible through the epidermis, drying matte, light reddish brown, weakly warty, with a thin, loose layer of wax; lateral tepals 1.2- 1.5 wide, shield-shaped, the inner margins almost straight, the outer margins weakly acuminate; pistils green, umbonate, protruding weakly into the space between the tepals, the exposed area 0.5 mm diam., soon completely obscured by the stamens; stigma linear, drying 0.35 mm long; stamens emerging slowly beginning at the middle of the spadix and proceeding toward both ends, the laterals preceding the alternates, clustered tightly over the pistil; anthers whitish, 0.5 mm long, 0.6 mm wide, held at the level of the tepals; thecae narrowly ovoid, somewhat divaricate. INFRUCTESCENCE not known.


    Native to:

    Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest

    Other Data

    Anthurium sarukhanianum Croat & Haager appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 78: 719 (1991)

    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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