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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Adelonema Schott
      1. Adelonema kvistii (Croat) S.Y.Wong & Croat

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Colombia to W. Ecuador.


    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. 145 - 145 m.; Pacífico.
    No Evaluada

    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.


    Homalomena kvistii is known only from the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador near sea level. It is known from only two collections, one each in Colombia and Ecuador, at 100 m and 145 m, respectively.

    General Description

    Internodes short, to 5 cm diam.; saparomatic, smelling of anise; petioles 46-110 cm long, 8--10 mm diam, 1.3-2.6 times longer than blades, matte, drying grayish green, finely striate, obtusely flattened adaxially, moderately firm, sheathed 17-18 cm, 1/4 to 1/3 its length, the sheath margins persisting; blades ovate to broadly ovate, 35-47 cm long, 16-28 cm wide, 1.6-1.8 times longer than wide, equilateral or slightly equilateral (one side 1-1.5 cm wider), gradually to abruptly and narrowly acuminate at apex, slightly inequilateral and rounded or weakly subcordate at base; adaxial surface dark green and matte above, drying dark gray-green; abaxial surface matte and moderately paler than upper surface, drying yellow-green; midrib sunken and slightly paler than surface above, thicker than broad and slightly paler below; primary lateral veins 22-30 pairs, obtusely sunken above, weakly pleated-raised below, arising from midrib at an acute angle then spreading at 65-95° angle and broadly arcuate to the margins near the base of blade, spreading at a 55-65° angle near apex of blade; minor veins darker than surface below. INFLORESCENCES 2-3 per axil; peduncles 14-18.5 cm long, to 8 mm diam., white near base, otherwise pale yellow-green; spathe 20-21 cm long, greenish white, pinkish on the outer edge of the tube, slightly constricted above tube (about midway); spadix slightly shorter than the spathe; pistillate portion 3.1 cm long, drying 6.5 mm diam.; staminate spadix to 14 cm long, narrowly long-tapered to an acute apex, drying to 5 mm diam.; pistils drying with a circular apex 1 mm diam., the stigma oblong, 0.8 mm long. Berries not seen.


    Native to:

    Colombia, Ecuador


    Other Data

    Adelonema kvistii (Croat) S.Y.Wong & Croat appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Syst. Bot. 41: 39 (2016)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2019). World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP Database) The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Wong, S.Y., Meerow, A.W. & Croat, T.B. (2016). Resurrection and new species of the Neotropical genus Adelonema (Araceae: Philodendron Clade) Systematic Botany 41: 32-48.


    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

    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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