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

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


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    Hemiepiphyte; internodes 2–3 cm long, 3.5–4 mm diam., grey and glossy, drying 3 mm diam., densely ridgedfolded, matte; cataphylls c. 3.8–4 cm long, deciduous. Leaves with petiole subterete, narrowly flattened and obscurely sulcate adaxially, drying 6–9.4 cm long, 1–1.5 mm diam., brownish, densely speckled; blade oblong- lanceolate, widest near or above the middle, narrowly caudate-acuminate at apex, cordulate at base, 15– 23 cm long, 3.7–4.3 cm wide, averaging 21 × 3.8 cm, 5.1–6.4 × longer than wide, 2.4–3.2 × longer than petiole, moderately thin, weakly glossy and slightly bicolorous, drying dark yellow-brown above, slightly paler and yellow-green to somewhat yellowish brown below; upper surface minutely granular on magnification; lower surface more conspicuously granular on magnification; midrib narrowly raised in valley above, paler and thicker than broad below, drying concolorous above, slightly paler below; primary lateral veins 5–6 pairs, arising at 45–50°(–60°) angle, weakly sunken above, weakly raised below, much less conspicuous than collective veins; interprimary veins drying undulate; basal veins 2 pairs, the 1st pair forming the collective veins 1–3 mm from margin. Inflorescence erect, 12 cm long; peduncle 8.5 cm long, drying c. 1.5 mm diam.; spathe lanceolate, 3.7 cm long, 8 mm wide, narrowly acuminate at apex, green,  spreading-recurved, drying brown; spadix stipitate, 2.3–19 mm long, creamy white, drying reddish brown, 2.5 mm diam. Flowers 3–4 visible per spiral, 1.7 mm wide in both directions, drying markedly granular with a few pale linear inclusions; lateral tepals 1 mm wide, the outer margins 3-sided, the inner margins rounded; stamens not seen.
    Known only from the Parque Nacional Yotoco in Colombia (Valle del Cauca)
    Premontane moist forest life zone.
    Anthurium birdseyanum is a member of A. sect. Xialophyllium Schott and is characterised by its oblong-lanceolate, caudate-acuminate leaf blades with cordulate base. It is most similar to the widespread Anthurium microspadix Schott, but that species differs by its more broadly ovate or elliptic leaf blades (2.5–3.5 × longer than wide), which are merely rounded to cubcordate at base, merely acuminate at apex and dry generally light yellow-green (instead of dark yellow-brown in A. birdseyanum), and in having a spadix that is greenish at anthesis. It is also somewhat similar to A. caucanum Engl., A. infectorium R. E. Schult., A. interruptum Sodiro, A. oblongo-cordatum Engl. and A. stipitatum Benth. A. caucanum differs in the larger and broader leaf blades, which are broader below the middle, dry reddish brown and have the collective veins more remote from the margins, and in typically thicker stems with more persistent cataphylls. A. infectorium differs in its elliptic leaf blades with obtuse base and its much larger spadix; it is probably a member of A. sect. Pachyneurium. A. interruptum differs in having broadly ovate leaf blades that dry blackened and in the internodes that alternate between very short and much longer. A. oblongo-cordatum differs in having leaf blades that are much more broadly ovate and more conspicuously cordate. A. stipitatum has ovate-lanceolate leaves that are more broadly rounded, obtuse at the base and that dry pinkish brown.

    Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

    Endémica y nativa en Colombia; Alt. 1485 - 1550 m.; Andes.
    Hierba, hemiepífita
    No Evaluada


    Native to:


    Other Data

    Anthurium birdseyanum Croat appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Willdenowia 40: 72 (2010)

    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., Delannay, X. & Kostelac, C. 2010. New species of Araceae from Colombia. Willdenowia, 40 (1), 63-122.


    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.

    Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

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