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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Species: Anthurium schlechtendalii Kunth
        1. Anthurium schlechtendalii subsp. schlechtendalii

        This subspecies is accepted, and its native range is Mexico to Central America.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    Mexico (central Veracruz) to Nicaragua on the Atlantic slope.
    General Description
    Epiphytic or epilithic; stem usually short, but reported to 40 cm long, 2.5-5.5 cm diam.; leaf scars obscured by root mass, to 4.2 cm wide; roots numerous, dense, ascending to descending, greenish to tan, smooth, short to moderately elongate, tapered, 3-8 mm diam.; cataphylls moderately coriaceous, curved, 7.5-16 cm long, caudate-apiculate at apex, drying brown, initially persisting intact, but eventually as a reticulum of fibers. LEAVES erect; petioles (2.5)10-23 cm long, 4-20 mm diam., quadrangular to trapezoidal, rarely D-shaped or terete, mostly widest adaxially, flattened to shallowly sulcate and with sharp margins adaxially, sharply to bluntly ribbed abaxially, rarely rounded; geniculum somewhat thicker and paler than petiole, 1-2 cm long; blades coriaceous, obovate-elliptic to broadly oblanceolate, acute to short-acuminate at apex (the acumen apiculate), acute to obtuse at base, (16.5)30-140(175) cm long, (4.5)10-60 cm wide, broadest near or above middle, the margins prominently undulate; both surfaces matte to semiglossy, medium green above, paler below, drying greenish; midrib flat to weakly raised at base, becoming more acute (sometimes weakly ribbed), diminishing and sunken at apex above, raised and square at base below, convexly raised at apex; primary lateral veins 15-16 per side, departing midrib at 50° angle, straight almost to the margin, then arcuate toward the apex, sharply to convexly raised and paler than surface above and below; tertiary veins flat, scarcely visible above, darker than surface below; collective vein arising from near the apex, sunken above, raised below, 2-5 mm from margin. INFLORESCENCES erect to spreading, sometimes pendent, shorter than leaves; peduncle 10-43 cm long, (4)6-13 mm diam., l.6-7.4 x as long as petiole, plain green or tinged with violet-purple, terete to weakly flattened and ribbed; spathe spreading to strongly reflexed, coriaceous, plain green or heavily tinged with violet-purple to red or entirely purple, narrowly triangular to lanceolate, (8)10-28 cm long, (0.7)1.5-5 cm wide, inserted at 70° angle on peduncle, acuminate at apex (the acumen inrolled), obtuse at base; spadix green to gray to brown to red to purplish violet, tapered, curved, (5.5)8-29 cm long, (7)17-20 mm diam. near base, 4-6 mm diam. near apex; flowers square, (2)2.2-2.6 mm in both directions, the sides straight to weakly sigmoid; 7-17 flowers visible in principal spiral, 10-14 in alternate spiral; tepals matte, purplish punctate; lateral tepals 1-1.3 mm wide, the inner margins convex and turned up against pistil; pistils emergent to 1 mm, dark purple to brown; stigma linear, 0.8 mm long, droplets appearing ca. 4 days before stamens emerge; stamens emerging rapidly from the base, lateral stamens emerging to midway before alternates emerge; filaments translucent, soon retracting, 0.2-0.5 mm long, 1 mm wide; anthers yellow to pale orange, 0.9 mm long in both directions, inclined over the pistil; thecae ± oblong, scarcely divaricate; pollen orange fading to cream, yeasty-scented at anthesis. INFRUCTESCENCE arching-pendent; spathe persisting; peduncle to 4 cm diam.; spadix 15.5-65(80) cm long, 4-6(9) cm diam.; berries bright red, obovoid to oblong to ellipsoid, rounded to acute at apex, 10-29 mm long, (5)6-7 mm diam.; pericarp thickened; mesocarp pulpy, white, with numerous raphide cells; seeds 2 per berry, greenish white, ovoid to oblong, flattened, 3-6 mm long, 1.5-3 mm diam., 1-1.5 mm thick, astringent to taste.
    Various life zones.


    Native to:

    Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua

    Introduced into:



    Other Data

    Anthurium schlechtendalii subsp. schlechtendalii appears in other Kew resources:


    Accepted by

    • Nelson Sutherland, C.H. (2008). Catálogo de las plantes vasculares de Honduras. Espermatofitas: 1-1576. SERNA/Guaymuras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
    • Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Franck, A.R., Anderson, L.C., Burkhalter, J.R. & Dickman, S. (2016). Additions to the flora of Florida, U.S.A. (2010-2015) Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 10: 175-190.


    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.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.