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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Pothos L.
      1. Pothos pilulifer Buchet ex P.C.Boyce

        This species is accepted, and its native range is China (SE. Yunnan, SW. Guangxi) to N. Vietnam.

    [CATE]

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

    Vernacular
    di gan
    General Description
    Lianas, medium sized to large, to 5m, root-climbing. Stems rectangular in cross section, ± compressed, to 12mm in diam., angles minutely but prominently winged. Leaves paler abaxially, when fresh mid-green adaxially; petiole obovate-oblong to linear-oblong or narrowly triangular, 10–40 × 4–17mm, somewhat narrowly to rather broadly winged, base decurrent, apex truncate, rounded, or auriculate; each side with 2–4 secondary veins and numerous veinlets, all veins, but particularly secondary veins, prominent; leaf blade ovate to elliptic or lanceolate, 3.5–11 × 2–5cm, base rounded to subacute, apex attenuate, somewhat prominently tubulate; each side with 2–4 intramarginal veins arising from base and either immediately diverging or remaining very close and parallel to midrib and then diverging further along leaf blade, either reaching leaf tip or merging into a prominent submarginal collecting vein, additional veins arising obliquely from midrib, remaining parallel. Flowering shoot much abbreviated, arising mostly from upper-middle to distal leaf axils of fertile shoots. Inflorescence solitary; peduncle erect, green, stout, 0–3(–5) × ca. 1mm. Spathe green to greenish purple, ovate, concave, 4–5 × 2.5–4mm, base decurrent on peduncle, margins strongly inrolled, apex arched to recurved, acute. Spadix stipitate; stipe erect, straight to slightly curved, green to greenish purple, terete, stout, 10–12 × 1–1.25mm; fertile zone yellow, globose, 4–5 × 4–5mm. Flowers 1–2mm in diam. Infructescence not seen.
    Phenology
    Fl. Dec–Jul.
    Habitat
    Dense forests, on rocks.
    [CATE]
    Use
    All parts of the plant are used medicinally for treating epilepsy.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    China South-Central, China Southeast, Vietnam

    Other Data

    Pothos pilulifer Buchet ex P.C.Boyce appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Blumea 45: 175 (2000)

    Accepted by

    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. 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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

    Sources

    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

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. 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 2020. 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