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This species is accepted, and its native range is Brazil (Bahia).


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.


Ad sectione Urospadicem Schott pertinens. Internodia brevia, 4.5-5.5 cm diam.; cataphylla lanceolata, 5-7 cm longa, 0.6-0.8 cm lata, in fibras persistentes soluta; petiolus 3.4-4.5 cm longus, 0.3-0.5 cm diam., adaxiale canaliculatus, marginibus acutis; lamina coriacea, lineari-oblonga vel lineari-elliptica, 34-57 cm longa, 2-4.5 cm lata; nervis primariis lateralibus 24-26 utroque, arcuatis; pedunculus 2.5-3 cm longus, 0.4-0.8 cm diam.; spatha recta vix patens, coriacea lanceolata vel ovato-lanceolata 9.5-10 cm longa, 2.3-2.5 cm lata; spadix castaneus vel purpurascens, 7-9.2 cm longus, inferne 0.7-1.5 cm diam. sursum attenuatus.

General Description

Stem thick, internodes short, 4.5-5.5 cm diam.; roots more or less dense, whitish to greenish, smooth; cataphylls lanceolate, 5-7 cm long, 0.6-0.8 cm wide, persisting as a mass of fibres. Leaves erect to slightly spreading; petiole 3.4-4.5 cm long, 0.3-0.5 cm diam., adaxially shallowly canaliculate with acute margins, abaxially rounded, the surface minutely white-punctate in fresh material, medium to dark glossy green; geniculum slightly thicker than the petiole, clear glossy green, 0.5-1 cm long; sheath 1.4-2 cm long; blade coriaceous, linear-elliptic to linear-oblong, acute to shortly acuminate at apex, obtuse to acute at base, 34-57 cm long, 2-4.5 cm wide, broadest at middle or slightly below, margins very weakly undulate in dry material; surface mat, medium to dark green, sometimes slightly glaucous or velvety, lower face mat, slightly paler, densely white-punctate in living plants; both faces drying mat, yellowish brown; midrib slightly prominent above, obtuse to acutely keeled below; venation almost invisible on both faces in living plants, becoming strongly conspicuous after drying, primary lateral veins 24-26 per side in dry leaves, arising from midrib at an angle of 30-50° arcuate, slightly prominent on surface, more so on lower face; interprimary veins slightly less prominent than primaries; tertiary veins prominent on both faces in dried leaves, reticulate veins prominulous when dry; collective vein 3-4 mm from leaf margin. Inflorescences usually pendent, much shorter than the leaves; peduncle 2.5-3 cm long, 0.4-0.8 cm diam., 1.2-1.5 times shorter than the petioles; spathe erect, inserted at an angle of 40-45° on the peduncle, coriaceous, lanceolate, 9.5-10 cm long, 2.3-2.5 cm wide, broadest slightly above the base, sometimes almost at middle, shortly acuminate at apex, obtuse at base, spathe margins meeting obtusely, outside semi-mat, medium green, densely white-punctate in fresh material, inside paler and less densely punctate; spadix brown to slightly purplish, stipitate for 5-6 mm, tapered, 7-9.2 cm long, 0.7-1.5 cm diam. at base, 4-5 mm diam. at apex, broadest near base; flowers rhomboidal, 1.5-2 mm long, 2.5-3 mm wide; 6-8 flowers visible in principal spiral, 6-7 flowers visible in alternate spiral; tepals mat; lateral tepals 0.6-1 mm wide, inner margins concave, outer margins 2-sided; pistils not emergent; stigma ellipsoid; stamens only partially covering the ovary, filaments not exerted, anthers 0.6-0.8 × 0.5-0.8 mm, thecae ovoid, 0.6-0.8 × 0.3-0.4 mm. Infructescence unknown.

Native to:

Brazil Northeast

Anthurium ensifolium Bogner & E.G.Gonç. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Willdenowia 32: 323 (2002)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


CATE Araceae

  • Bogner, J. & Goncalves, E.G. Two new aroids from South America. Willdenowia. Mitteilungen aus dem Botanischen Garten und Museum Berlin-Dahlem. Berlin-Dahlem 32, 329 (2002).

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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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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