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


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. 285 - 1250 m.; Andes, Pacífico.
Morphology General Habit
Hierba, epífita
No Evaluada


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

General Description
Terrestrial or epiphytic plant; caudex erect; internodes 1–6 cm long, 1–3 cm diam.; cataphylls to 25 cm long, persistent to semi-intact, ultimately weathering to brownish, closely parallel fibres. Leaves with petiole green, unisulcate adaxially from base to apex with small ridge in bottom of groove, swollen at apex, 82–97 cm long, c. 7 mm diam. at base, 5 mm diam. at apex; geniculum 2 cm long, darker than petiole; blade broadly ovatecordate, wider below the middle, (18–) 34–49 cm long (10–)23–38 cm wide, averaging 42 × 29 cm, 1.2–1.8 × longer than wide, 0.4–0.6 × as long as  petiole, acuminate at apex, deeply cordate at base, dark green and glossy above, lighter green and semiglossy below, sparsely and weakly glandular-punctuate above and more prominently glandular-punctate below; sinus V-shaped to narrowly spathulate, often closed, (1.5–)4–7.5 cm deep, to c. 1 cm wide; midrib concolorous, drying bluntly acute and concolorous or brownish above, brownish and sometime acute below; primary lateral veins 24–29 pairs, arising at 40–55° angle, closely parallel and somewhat  indistinct; collective veins arising from the 2nd–3rd pair of basal veins, 4–8 mm from margin; basal veins 4–6, all free to the base, much more visible than the primary lateral veins, arching towards the apex with the first 2 basal veins running all the way to the tip of the blade with a network of tertiary veins interconnecting them; tertiary veins similar in appearance to the primary lateral veins. Inflorescences erect; peduncle terete when immature, with 8 small evenly spaced ridges when mature, 36–55 cm long, up to 10 mm wide at base, 3–5 mm diam. at apex, terete, much thinner and shorter than petioles, sulcate at base and terete at apex; spathe membranaceous, lanceolate and short-acuminate, reflexed, 2.5–11 cm long, 0.8–2.1 cm wide, green; spadix sessile, tapering towards apex, 8–18 cm long, 6–10 mm diam., white to yellowish or maroon. Flowers 2.3–2.6 mm long, 2.3–2.7 mm wide, 6 visible per spiral; tepals coarsely warty, lateral tepals 1.2–1.3 mm wide, outer margins 2-sided, inner margins straight to broadly rounded, often turned upward after anthesis upon drying. Infructescence erect; berries round, 4 mm wide, red or purple.
Endemic to the western slopes of the Cordillera Occidental in Colombia (Valle del Cauca), in the valley of Río Digua.
Premontane wet forest and Premontane wet forest-Premontane rain forest transition.
The species is a member of Anthurium sect. Digitinervium and is characterised by its short internodes, persistent brownish, closely parallel cataphyll fibres, broadly ovate-cordate, greenish-drying blades with a V-shaped sinus, white spadix and red infructescence. This species is probably the most attractive of all members of this section and the most noteworthy for its potential value in the horticultural trade, but is not in cultivation anywhere. The species does not seem to have close relatives. Among all the members of Anthurium sect. Digitinervium it has the broadest, most glossy leaf blades. Dried specimens of A. gaskinii could be confused with dried specimens of A. ovatifolium, but A. gaskinii has deeply cordate leaves with a V-shaped sinus, while A. ovatifolium has mostly truncate and sometimes subcordate leaves.

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Anthurium gaskinii Croat appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 19, 2018 Colombia K000501947
Sep 19, 2018 Colombia K000501948

First published in Willdenowia 40: 84 (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.

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