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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium carnosum Croat & R.A.Baker

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


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    Epiphytic vine, rarely terrestrial; stems slender, canelike, erect or trailing, to 1 m or more long, 5-7 mm diam., with thin, grayish, smooth periderm; internodes 2-9 cm long, shorter near apex; roots slender, elongate, frequently branching; cataphylls moderately thick, 2-6.5 cm long, with a subapical apiculum 2-3 mm long, encircling stem, persistent at upper nodes, drying thin, dark brown, deciduous except for a few pale, threadlike fibers. LEAVES with petioles 3-12 cm long, 2-3 mm diam., weakly sulcate; geniculum 1-2 cm long; blades coriaceous, succulent, lanceolate-elliptic, narrowly elliptic or sometimes oblanceolate-elliptic, gradually long-acuminate at apex, acute to attenuate at base, (7)9-15(17) cm long, (1.7)2.5-5(7) cm wide, broadest at or about the middle; both surfaces semiglossy, the lower surface slightly paler; midrib convexly raised above, diminished and sunken before the distal two thirds, raised throughout its length below; primary lateral veins 9-13(20) per side, departing midrib at 25°-50° angle, weakly sunken above, prominulous below, lesser veins inconspicuous above, prominulous below; collective vein arising from near the base, 2-7(12) mm from the margin, obscure to weakly sunken above, slightly raised below. INFLORESCENCE spreading, ± equalling leaves; peduncle 7-13 cm long, ca. 2 mm diam., ? to 2 times longer than petioles; spathe thin, pale green, broadly lanceolate to oblong, 2.5-4.3 cm long, 8-14 mm wide, broadest in the lower third, acuminate at apex, obtuse to weakly lobed at base, inserted at ca. 45° angle on peduncle; stipe 5-8 mm long in front, 2-5 mm long in back, ca. 2 mm diam., green; spadix green, becoming yellowish and finally orange in fruit, (2.5)3-5.5 cm long, 3-4 mm diam. at base, 1.5-3 mm diam. at apex; flowers rhombic to 4-lobed, to 4 mm long, to 1.5 mm wide, the sides sigmoid; 1-2 flowers visible in the principal spiral, ca. 2 flowers visible in the alternate spiral; tepals dark green, the lateral tepals (1.5)2.5-3.5 mm wide, the inner margin convex; pistil emergent, green; stigma ellipsoid, ca. 0.3 mm long; stamens held just above tepals, the anthers yellowish-white, 0.3-0.5 mm long, 0.7-0.8 mm wide; thecae broadly ovate to sub-orbicular, weakly divaricate; pollen yellowish-white, drying white. INFRUCTESCENCE pendent, the spathe persisting; the spadix 6-10 cm long, 8-10 mm diam.; berries ovoid, acute at apex, yellow becoming bright orange, 9-11 mm long, 6-8 mm diam.; mesocarp thick, gelatinous, pale orange; seeds usually 2, sometimes 3 or 4, broadly ovate, rounded on both ends, flattened, ca. 3 mm long, 2 mm wide, 0.8 mm thick.
    Premontane rain forest, lower montane wet forest, lower montane, and montane rain forest life zone formations.
    Costa Rica and Panama.


    Native to:

    Costa Rica, Panamá

    Other Data

    Anthurium carnosum Croat & R.A.Baker appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Brenesia 16(Suppl.): 36 (1979)

    Accepted by

    • 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.


    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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