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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ecuador.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    Epiphyte; stems short; internodes short and 0.9-1.2 cm in diam., roots white; cataphylls and old petioles persisting. Cataphylls 5.5-7.5 cm long, persisting semi-intact, heavily tinged reddish, drying brown. Leaves arched with petioles erect-spreading, 14-28 cm long, 2-3.5 mm in diam., slightly thicker than broad, obtusely C-shaped, narrowly and obscurely sulcate, sheathed 0.10-0.25 % of its length, closely ensheathing peduncle, dark green, semi-glossy; sheath 2.2-10 cm long; geniculum sulcate, paler, conspicuously swollen; blades arcuate, 27-59 × 1.9-6.6 cm (averaging 42 × 3.7 cm), oblong-linear to narrowly oblanceolate, stiffly subcoriaceous to coriaceous, occasionally somewhat quilted above, dark green and weakly matte-subvelvety to weakly glossy above, slightly paler and weakly glossy below, narrowly acuminate at apex, narrowly acute at base, with the margins turned somewhat upward; midrib concolourous, bluntly acute at base, more acute and thicker than broad toward apex, sometimes narrowly round-raised toward apex above, narrowly rounded to weakly raised and concolourous to slightly paler than surface below; primary lateral veins weakly raised to narrowly convex and concolourous on upper surface, often pleated-raised and appearing somewhat acute above, scarcely raised on lower surface, only slightly darker than surface, sometimes scarcely visible on either surface; tertiary veins moderately obscure on lower surface; collective veins 1 pair, 3-6 mm from margin, moderately obscure on both surfaces, less conspicuous than primary lateral veins. Inflorescence erect or nearly so at anthesis, becoming spreading, sometimes with the spadix erect; peduncle 17-40 cm long at anthesis (to 50 cm long in fruit); spathe green, 2-3.6 × 6-8 mm, green, tinged reddish purple in age, erect-spreading, often twisted toward apex, sometimes recurled, sometimes arched inward toward spadix; spadix slightly tapered, 5-9 cm long, 3-5 mm in diam., pink, becoming somewhat olive- green, ultimately bright yellow at anthesis. Flowers 5-6 per spiral, 1.8-2.2 mm long and wide, the lateral margins straight to weakly sigmoid; lateral tepals 2-3-sided, 1-1.2 mm wide, weakly glossy; pistils medium green, moderately acute, weakly protruding; stamens held in tight cluster, the anthers contiguous or nearly so. Infructescence spreading-pendent; spadix dark green; berries orange-red, obovoid, 5-7 mm long, 5-6 mm in diam.
    In premontane wet forest zone (for a classification of the vegetation see Holdridge 1971).
    Anthurium fornicifolium is endemic to Ecuador, presently known to range from Sucumbíos province in the north to Morona-Santiago, but with most collections coming only from the Serranía de Cutucú inMorona-Santiago province and around Tena and Archidona.
    The species is recognized by its slender, long-petiolate leaves with the petiole sheath closely clasping the peduncle, and the blades and petiole together forming a large arc. Additional characters are the matte-subvelvety upper blade surface with the primary lateral veins pleated to weakly quilted, the red, intact cataphylls, spadices that ultimately become bright yellow at anthesis, and the orange-red berries.


    Native to:


    Other Data

    Anthurium fornicifolium Croat appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Willdenowia 35: 350 (2005)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    CATE Araceae

    • Croat, T., Yates, E.D. & Hayworth, D.A. 2005. New taxa of Anthurium and Philodendron (Araceae) from western Amazonia. Willdenowia, 35 (2), 345-358.


    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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