1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Zamioculcas Schott
      1. Zamioculcas zamiifolia (G.Lodd.) Engl.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to KwaZulu-Natal.

    [CATE]

    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011. araceae.e-monocot.org

    General Description
    Tuber subcylindric, ± 3-4 cm. in diameter or more, tough, woody. LEAVES: Petiole green with darker transverse blotches, 15-35 cm. long, 1-2 cm. in diameter near base; blade 20-40 cm. long; leaflets 4-8 per side, subopposite, distant, oblong-ovate to -elliptic to -obovate, sometimes oblanceolate, fleshy, dark glossy green, 5-15 cm. long, 1.5-5 cm. broad, shortly acuminate, sessile or shortly petiolulate, articulated to rhachis, cuneate to rounded basally; rhachis terete, marked like petiole. INFLORESCENCE: Peduncle 3-20 cm. long, 0.4-1 cm. in diameter, erect at first recurving strongly in fruit, pushing infructescence into ground-litter. Spathe 5-8 cm. long, coriaceous; tube shortly cylindric to ellipsoid, 1-1.5 cm. long, 1-2 cm. in diameter, green on outer surface; limb broadly oblong-ovate, 5-6 cm. long, 3.5-5.5 cm. broad, rounded and cuspidate at tip, pale green to whitish or yellow. Spadix 5-7 cm. long; staminate part cylindric to clavate, 4-5 cm. long, 1-1.5 cm. in diameter, narrowed at base; pistillate part shortly cylindric-ellipsoid, 1-2 cm. long, 0.7-1.7 cm. in diameter. Tepals white; stigmas yellowish. INFRUCTESCENCE: Berry white, surrounded by persistent tepals, with septal suture, up to 1.2 cm. broad, 1-2-seeded. Seeds brown, ellipsoid, ± 0.8 cm. long, 0.5 cm. broad.
    Habitat
    Humid to dry evergreen forest, Brachystegia woodland, dry wooded grassland, bushland thicket, often on rocks, locally abundant
    [FTEA]

    Araceae, S.J. Mayo. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

    Habit
    Tuber subcylindric, ± 3–4 cm. in diameter or more, tough, woody.
    Leaves
    Petiole green with darker transverse blotches, 15–35 cm. long, 1–2 cm. in diameter near base; blade 20–40 cm. long; leaflets 4–8 per side, subopposite, distant, oblong-ovate to -elliptic to -obovate, sometimes oblanceolate, fleshy, dark glossy green, 5–15 cm. long, 1.5–5 cm. broad, shortly acuminate, sessile or shortly petiolulate, articulated to rhachis, cuneate to rounded basally; rhachis terete, marked like petiole.
    Peduncles
    Peduncle 3–20 cm. long, 0.4–1 cm. in diameter, erect at first recurving strongly in fruit, pushing infructescence into ground-litter.
    Spathe
    Spathe 5–8 cm. long, coriaceous; tube shortly cylindric to ellipsoid, 1–1.5 cm. long, 1–2 cm. in diameter, green on outer surface; limb broadly oblong-ovate, 5–6 cm. long, 3.5–5.5 cm. broad, rounded and cuspidate at tip, pale green to whitish or yellow.
    Spadix
    Spadix 5–7 cm. long; staminate part cylindric to clavate, 4–5 cm. long, 1–1.5 cm. in diameter, narrowed at base; pistillate part shortly cylindric-ellipsoid, 1–2 cm. long, 0.7–1.7 cm. in diameter.
    Tepal
    Tepals white.
    Stigma
    Stigmas yellowish.
    Fruits
    Berry white, surrounded by persistent tepals, with septal suture, up to 1.2 cm. broad, 1–2-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds brown, ellipsoid, ± 0.8 cm. long, 0.5 cm. broad.
    Figures
    Fig. 3.
    Habitat
    Humid to dry evergreen forest, Brachystegia woodland, dry wooded grassland, bushland thicket, often on rocks, locally abundant; 0–610 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K7 P T3 T6 Z

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

    Zamioculcas zamiifolia (G.Lodd.) Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1981 K000499408
    30541.000 holotype
    58712.000
    Bally, P.R.O. 34570.000
    Faulkner, H. [733], Tanzania 19161.000
    Bogner, J. 29047.131
    Bogner, J. [106], Tanzania 29234.000
    Peter, A., Tanzania 29047.480
    Peter, A. [31194], Tanzania 45220.000 holotype
    Peter, A., Tanzania 49776.000

    First published in Pflanzenr., IV, 23B: 305 (1905)

    Accepted by

    • Haigh, A. & Boyce, P.C. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 12(1): 1-54. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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.

    Literature

    CATE Araceae
    • Mayo, S.J. 1985. Araceae. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 71 pp.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Obermeyer & Strey in Fl. Pl. Afr. 40, t. 1562 (1969).
    • Engl. in A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 2: 240, fig. 160 (1908).
    • Engl. in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich 21 (IV. 23B): 305, fig. 85 (1905)

    Sources

    Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG 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.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0