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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium brownii Mast.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Costa Rica to 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.

    Nativa en Colombia; Alt. 0 - 1800 m.; Andes, Pacífico.
    Hierba, epífita
    No Evaluada

    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    Epiphyte; stems short, 2.5-3 cm diam.; roots few, thick, puberulent to densely velutinous; cataphylls coriaceous, 9-15 cm long, caudate-acuminate at apex, drying reddish-brown (B & K Yellow 4/2.5), persisting ± intact, ultimately weathering to a network of fibers at base. LEAVES erect to spreading; petioles 13-100 cm long, 3-10 mm diam., subterete, shallowly and bluntly sulcate; geniculum 2-2.5 cm long, sometimes tinged red-violet (B & K Red-purple 4/10); blades narrowly ovate-triangular, moderately thick, 15-66 cm long, 11-48 cm wide, broadest at base, gradually acuminate at apex (the acumen flat, apiculate), prominently lobed at base; anterior lobe 11-40 cm long, the margins straight to convex; posterior lobes 4-13 cm long, directed sharply upward; the upper surface matte to semiglossy, lower surface paler; midrib convexly raised above, sometimes tinged reddish, sunken at apex, acutely raised below; basal veins 5-6 pairs, the first to fourth coalesced 2-6 cm, the posterior rib naked, upturned along outer margin; primary lateral veins 4-8 per side, departing midrib at 25°-35° angle, raised in valleys at base above, sunken at apex, raised below; lesser veins visible but less prominent; collective vein arising from first basal vein or lowest primary lateral vein, 2-7 mm from margin. INFLORESCENCE erect, longer than leaves; peduncle 51-65.6 cm long, 4-6 mm diam., terete, green mottled with red-violet, longer than petioles; spathe lanceolate, green (B & K Yellow-green 6/10), 8-23 cm long, 1.5-4.5 cm wide, acuminate at apex, round to cordate at base; spadix stipitate to ca. 11 cm, violet-purple, 7-28 cm long, 4-15 mm diam.; flowers rhombic, 2.5-3.2 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, the sides straight to sigmoid; 7-10 flowers visible in the principal spiral, 5-12 flowers visible in the alternate spiral; tepals matte, punctate, minutely papillate, sometimes with droplets, lateral tepals 1.8-2 mm wide, the inner margin broadly rounded; pistils emergent; stigmas linear, ca. 0.5 mm long, large droplet apparent ca. 1 week before first stamens appear, turning glossy then gray and drying when anthers open; stamens emerging rapidly in a ± systematic progression from base, lateral stamens emerging in basal one third before alternates emerge, held in circle around pistil; anthers yellow or tinged purple, thecae moderately divaricate, pollen purple fading to white sometimes yellow, with a pungent fruity aroma at anthesis. INFRUCTESCENCE pendent-spreading, 38 cm long, 3 cm diam.; berries ellipsoid to obovoid, 5-8 mm long, ca. 5 mm wide, orange to red-orange (B & K Yellow-red 7/2.5); pericarp thick; mesocarp juicy; seeds 2, oblong, greenish-white, flattened with transparent sticky appendages at both ends, elongated at apex, rounded at base.
    In Costa Rica the species occurs in premontane wet and tropical wet forest. In Panama it also occurs rarely in premontane moist and tropical moist forest.
    Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica to Ecuador. Also recorded in Hawaii.



    Native to:

    Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panamá, Venezuela

    Other Data

    Anthurium brownii Mast. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Wallis [s.n.], Colombia K000434407 Unknown type material
    Wallis [s.n.], Colombia K000434408 Unknown type material
    Wallis [s.n.], Colombia K000434409 Unknown type material
    Wallis [s.n.], Colombia K000434410 Unknown type material
    Wallis [s.n.], Colombia K000434411


    First published in Gard. Chron., n.s., 6: 744 (1876)

    Accepted by

    • Idárraga-Piedrahita, A., Ortiz, R.D.C., Callejas Posada, R. & Merello, M. (eds.) (2011). Flora de Antioquia: Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares 2: 1-939. Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín.
    • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
    • 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.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.


    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.


    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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