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


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.


Anthurium kunayalense Croat & Vannini ranges from Panama to NW Colombia, known in Panama principally from the Comarca de Kuna Yala (formerly San Blas Province) at 300-500 m in an area of Premontane wet forest life zone. The specific name refers to its association with this region.

General Description

Terrestrial; stem short, less than 20 cm long; internodes short, 2.5 cm diam.; cataphylls pale green drying dark brown to 4 cm long, acuminate at apex, persisting semi-intact on upper nodes and as fragments on older stems. LEAVES pendent from sub-erect petioles; petioles 9.7-30.5 cm long, 6-9 mm diam., uniformly medium green, prominently 7-9 ribbed, broadly and sharply flattened-sulcate adaxially, the margins moderately acute, prominently 3-ribbbed abaxially, the ribs at the base of the petioles and on geniculum prominently undulate, sometimes also along the length of the petiole; blades narrowly elliptic-ovate and cordate-sagittate, abruptly acuminate at apex, deeply lobed at base, 20-41 cm long, 15-34.7 cm wide, 1-1.55 times longer than wide (averaging 23.7 X 30.6 cm), 1-2.1 times longer that petioles (averaging 1.6 times longer), glittering light green above (metallic pink or tan when young), paler and matte below (light pink or buff when immature); petiolar plexus prominent, raised on adaxial surface; basal veins 4-7 pairs, the 1st and usually the 2nd, often the 3rd pair free to the base, the (2nd)4th to 5th and higher order usually coalesced (4-)6-10 mm at base, the posterior rib short or inconspicuous, scarcely naked along the margins 0-8(-15 mm); anterior lobe 15.7-30.5 cm long, broadly rounded along margins; posterior lobes 5.5-14 cm long, 4.9-13.5 cm wide, directed toward the base, overlapping and turned upward against each other along their inner margins; sinus 5.5-14 cm deep, narrow to closed with the lobes turned up against each other or up to 3.0 cm wide, primary lateral veins 2-7 pairs, disposed mostly along the midrib from the lower 1/3 to the apex, arising at 45-70° angle, the area between the primary lateral veins moderately quilted; collective veins arising from one of the primary lateral veins in the upper portion of the blade or more frequently from the 1st pair of basal veins; lower surface covered with a dense array of raised whitish punctations, especially near the basal veins. INFLORESCENCE erect; peduncle terete 8-38.5 cm long, 5-6 mm diam.; spathe 5.5-11 cm long, 1.1-2.7 cm wide, usually green or greenish, rarely white, lanceolate, erect-spreading to spreading, slightly curled downward toward the apex, narrowly to abruptly acuminate at apex; spadix 4.5-10.6 cm long, 5-7(-8) mm diam., green to gray-green (rarely pink), shortly cylindroid tapered, sessile or stipitate 3-6(-10) mm, narrowly rounded at apex; flowers 6-7 visible per spiral, 1.9-2.2 mm long, 2.0-2.2 mm wide, tepals with a few scattered pale sub-linear, pale cellular inclusions; lateral tepals 1-1.2 mm wide, outer margins 2-sided.

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Anthurium kunayalense Croat & Vannini appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Aroideana 33: 162 (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
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
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.