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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium debilis Croat & D.C.Bay

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Colombia (Valle del Cauca).


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    Endemic to western Colombia.
    Areas if Tropical wet forest (T-wf), Tropical pluvial forest (bp-T) and the transition zone between pluvial forest and Premontane wet forest (bp-PM). The species occurs along streams in shaded areas, usually wet clay soil.
    General Description
    Terrestrial to 50 cm tall; sap briefly white in stem; stem erect, short and stout; petiole scars conspicuous; roots few, light brown; internodes very short, 1.5 - 4 cm, reddish brown; cataphylls 2.6 - 4.5 cm long, narrowly rounded at apex, sometimes with the midrib extending beyond the end, persisting semi-intact and dark brown at apex, then as fibers, the deciduous or rotting off. LEAVES closely aggregated, erect to spreading; petioles more or less erect, (14-)25 - 50 cm long, about as long as blades, to 5 - 10 mm diam., subterete to sharply C-shaped, dark green to brownish green or pink, matte, 5 - 10-ribbed or -winged circumferentially, becoming crisped on the geniculum (and to a lesser extent on the swollen sheathed portion), the ribs extending onto the lower surface of the blade; geniculum 9 - 15 mm long; blades ovate, (18-)20 - 64 cm long, (16-)20 - 46 cm wide, about as broad as long to 1.5 times longer than wide, broadest usually well above the middle, obtusely short-acuminate at apex, prominently lobed at base, subcoriaceous, moderately smooth to weakly bullate, not rugose above, much paler and matte below; posterior lobes narrowly rounded, somewhat longer than wide, the outer margin nearly straight to the broadest point of the anterior lobe; sinus spathulate to narrowly V-shaped, sometimes closed with lobes overlapping, 2 - 12.5 cm deep, 2.5 - 7 cm wide; basal veins 5 - 7 per side, 1st & 2nd (3rd) free to base, 3 - 4 pairs coalesced 7.5 - 15 cm, the larger basal veins wavy; major veins narrowly raised to acutely raised above, in valleys, acutely raised below; midrib acutely raised in valley above, much paler and matter, marginally ribbed (3-ribbed) on lower surface, 1-ribbed toward the apex; primary lateral veins 6 - 10 per side, acute and sunken in valleys above, acute below, departing midrib at 30 - 45° angle, weakly curved toward the apex, smooth and glabrous, never scaly; collective veins arising from the 1st basal vein or one of the lower primary lateral veins; margins straight, revolute; upper surface medium green to dark olive-green, semiglossy to matte or matte-subvelvety, quilted between the primary lateral veins, broadly bullate on the quilted portions especially in the lower half of the blade, mottled with gray-green on areas between the major veins above, lower surface much paler epunctate, matte, pleated-raised between the primary lateral veins, drying medium to dark gray or gray-green above, yellow-green to yellow gray-green below; tertiary veins dark green and mostly flat below. INFLORESCENCE erect, shorter than petioles; peduncle 6 - 26 cm long, 2 - 8 mm diam., ca. 1/2 as long to longer than the petiole, terete, striate-ridged circumferentially, the ribs brittle; spathe lanceolate, (1.2)3 - 12.5 cm long and (.03[0.3?])1 - 5.7 cm wide reflexed, white to green, tinged pink to purple with elevated green veins on lower surface, narrowly acuminate at apex, cordate at base, obliquely inserted on peduncle; stipe 3 - 7 mm long; spadix green, turning yellowish to bright golden-yellow and glossy at anthesis, (1.2-)7.5 - 13 cm long, (4-)6 - 15 mm wide; stamens held at level of tepals; pollen pale yellow. Flowers ca. 4 per visible spiral, prominently 4-lobed, 1 mm long, 1.5 mm wide; lateral tepals shield-shaped; tepals 0.6 mm long, 0.6 mm wide, outer margins usually sharply 4-sided; inner margins broadly rounded or obtusely angular; exposed portion of stigmas 1 mm wide, 0.4 mm long. INFRUCTESCENCE: Berries dark purple, obovoid, 5 - 8 mm long, moderately glossy; mesocarp white; seeds 1 mm wide, greenish white.

    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.

    Endémica y nativa en Colombia; Alt. 0 - 1000 m.; Pacífico.
    No Evaluada



    Native to:


    Other Data

    Anthurium debilis Croat & D.C.Bay appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2000 Croat, T.B. [70362], Colombia K000434231 Unknown type material


    First published in Aroideana 27: 97 (2004)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    CATE Araceae

    • Croat, T.B., Cirino, R.N. 2005. A Review of the Anthurium splendidum Complex (Araceae) Aroideana. 28: 52-64


    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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