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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium guatemalense Croat, Cast.Mont & Vannini

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


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.


    Anthurium guatemalense appears to be endemic to a single locality in Escuintla Department in southern Guatemala on the steep north-facing slopes behind the Piedra de Quetzal near Palin at about 755 m in a Tropical moist forest life zone (Holdridge, 1967). It may also occur in similar habitat at a forested site located ca. 12 airline km away on the lower SW slopes of Volcan de Agua.

    General Description

    Epipetric, growing on steep cliffs; internodes short, 2.5-3.5 cm diam; cataphylls 4-9 cm long, persisting semi-intact, thin, light brown, becoming pale-fibrous at base; petioles subterete, 9-21 cm long, 9 mm wide, 8 mm thick, narrowly and obtusely sulcate, dark green and weakly glossy, drying pale grayish yellow-green, deeply and sharply sulcate adaxially, sometimes with an obtuse medial rib adaxially, weakly and irregularly ribbed abaxially; geniculum less than 1 cm long, only slightly thicker than the petiole; blades narrowly oblanceolate 43-100 cm long, 5.2-20 cm wide, 4.2-10.4 times longer than wide, 3.3-5 times longer than petiole, narrowly acuminate at apex with a short apiculum ca. 5 mm long, acute to abruptly ending at base, moderately coriaceous, weakly glossy, moderately bicolorous, drying medium yellow-green to grayish green and matte above, paler, yellow-green and matte below; midrib bluntly angular and concolorous above, narrowly rounded, thicker and slightly pale below, drying narrowly acute and slightly paler above, thicker than broad and irregularly narrowly ribbed, and paler below; primary lateral veins 20-27, scarcely visible and concolorous, scarcely distinguished from the interprimary veins above (those in the lower 1/3 of the blade especially weak), weakly raised and concolorous below, drying narrowly raised and slightly paler than surface; tertiary veins darker than surface and moderately distinct below, drying weakly raised; collective veins arising from near the base, 1-7 mm from the margin; blade margin drying paler and weakly down-turned. INFLORESCENCE erect; peduncle 11-17 cm long, 6.5 x 7 mm diam., drying dark green, matte; 4.5-8 cm long, 0.8-1.7 cm wide, green, brown, becoming reflexed, withered, persistent; spadix 5.5-11.5 cm long, (3.5-)7.4-14 times longer than wide, drying 6-10 mm diam., green at anthesis and remaining more or less green throughout its development, sometimes becoming gray in age, matte, post-anthesis; flowers 5-7 per spiral, 1.8-2 mm long, 1.8 mm wide, becoming rounded post-anthesis; tepals 1.6 mm wide, the outer margins 2-sided, inner margin broadly rounded, becoming cupuliform in age; pistils green post-anthesis; stamens emerging immediately above the tepals, the lateral stamens emerging only 2-3 spirals head of the 3rd and 4th stamens; anthers 0.4-0.5 mm long, 0.5-0.6 mm wide, slightly divaricate; thecae narrowly ovoid. INFRUCTESCENCE erect; spadix 13 cm long, 3 cm diam. with berries not emergent, 4 cm diam. with berries exserted; berries pale green, dark green at apex, obovoid, 7-8 mm long, 5-6 mm diam; seeds dark brown, 5 mm long, 2.5 mm diam, semiglossy.


    Native to:


    Other Data

    Anthurium guatemalense Croat, Cast.Mont & Vannini appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Aroideana 30: 19 (2007)

    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.B., Mont, J.Jose Casti & Vannini, J. A New Endemic Species of Anthurium sect. Pachyneurium (Araceae) for Guatemala. Aroideana; Journal of the International Aroid Society 30, 23 (2007).


    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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