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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central America.


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

Atlantic slope in wetter parts of tropical wet forest and in premontane wet and tropical wet forest life zones.
General Description
Epiphytic; stem ca. 10 cm long, 2 cm diam.; roots moderately numerous, descending, greenish gray, prominently pubescent, gradually tapered and elongate, 3-5 mm diam.; cataphylls subcoriaceous, lanceolate, 6-8 cm long, cuspidate at apex with subapical apiculum ca. 15 mm long, green, drying pale tan (B & K yellow 9/7.5), persisting as linear fibers. LEAVES spreading; petioles 6-26 cm long, 5-8 mm diam., triangular, sometimes 3-5-ribbed or flattened with the margins prominently raised adaxially, sharply 1-2-ribbed abaxially; geniculum conspicuously thicker and slightly paler than petiole, 0.7-1 cm long; blades subcoriaceous, linear to narrowly oblong-elliptic or narrowly oblong-oblanceolate, more than 5 x longer than wide, acuminate at apex (the acumen apiculate), narrowly acute at base, 46-80 cm long, 5.5-12.5 cm wide, broadest at or above the middle, the margins broadly undulate; upper surface matte to glossy, dark to medium green, lower surface matte to weakly glossy, paler below; midrib flat at base, becoming angular-raised toward the apex above, prominently and sharply raised and slightly paler than surface below; primary lateral veins 20-30 per side, departing midrib at 40-45º angle, straight to the collective vein, deeply sunken above, sharply raised below; interprimary veins almost as conspicuous as primary lateral veins, sunken above, raised below; tertiary veins obscure above, raised and slightly darker than surface below; collective vein arising from near the base, sunken above, sharply raised below, equally as prominent as primary lateral veins, 3-10 mm from margin. INFLORESCENCES spreading, shorter than leaves; peduncle 33-48 cm long, 4- 15 mm diam., 2 x as long as petiole, green, prominently 2-winged-angled on one side, rounded to sharply acute on the other (or triangular or few-angled near base); spathe erect, hooded over the spadix, subcoriaceous, green, lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, 6.5-8 cm long, 1.7-3 cm wide, broadest near the base, about twice as long as spadix, inserted at 50' angle on peduncle, acuminate at apex (the acumen apiculate, 4 mm long), obtuse to rounded at base; spadix pale yellow to creamy white, cylindroid to clavate, short and stubby, erect, (1.7)2-4 cm long, 6- 1 1 mm diam.; flowers 1.8- 2.2 mm long, 1-1.2 mm wide, the sides smoothly to jaggedly sigmoid; 7-12 flowers visible in principal spiral, 1 1-1 5 in alternate spiral; tepals matte, densely and minutely papillate; lateral tepals 0.7- 0.8 mm wide, the inner margins straight to convex, the outer margins irregularly 2-4-sided; pistils somewhat emergent, matte, pale yellow; stigma linear, 0.1-0.2 mm long; stamens emerging in a scattered pattern throughout, lateral stamens almost to apex before alternates emerge, inclined over and obscuring pistil; filaments fleshy; thecae oblong, not divaricate; pollen pale yellow fading to creamy white. INFRUCTESCENCES; Berries translucent white.
Known from Nicaragua to Panama.

Native to:

Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá

Anthurium spathiphyllum N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 8, 1876 s.coll. [s.n.] K000434330
s.coll. [s.n.] K000434331 Unknown type material

First published in Gard. Chron., n.s., 7: 652 (1877)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • Stevens, W.D., Ulloa U., C., Pool, A. & Montiel, O.M. (2001). Flora de Nicaragua Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 85: i-xlii, 1-2666.


CATE Araceae

  • Croat, T.B. 1991. A revision of Anthurium Section Pachyneurium (Araceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 78 (3): 539-855

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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