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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium suramaense Croat

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Colombia.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    Epiphyte; internodes c. 2 cm long, 1 cm diam.; cataphylls persisting as loose fibres. Leaves with petiole terete, 16– 25 cm long, 3–4 mm diam. at base; blade ovate-lanceolate, triangular in the upper half, acute and acuminate at apex, broadly rounded at base, widest below middle, 27–33 cm long, 12–17 cm wide, averaging 29 × 15 cm, 1.7–2.3 × longer than wide, 1.1–1.6 × longer than petiole, drying dark green and semiglossy above, pale green and moderately glossy below; midrib narrowly raised and concolorous above, prominently round-raised and paler below; primary lateral veins 12–14 pairs, arising at 30–40° angle, narrowly raised above, round-raised below, concolorous with midrib; tertiary veins prominulous, forming a network between the primary lateral veins; collective veins arising from the first pair of basal veins, 2–4 mm from margin; basal veins 3–4 pairs, all free to the base; upper surface drying prominently granular above, sparsely so beneath. Inflorescences erect; peduncle terete, 21–29 cm long, 2–4 mm diam.; spathe membranaceous, linear-lanceolate and acuminate, clasping the base of the stipe, c. 12.5 cm long, 1.6 cm wide, green; spadix stipitate for 10–12 mm, cylindrical, 8–13 cm long, 3–4 mm diam., 29–33 × longer than  broad, yellow. Flowers 7 visible per principle spiral, 4 per alternate spiral, 2.3–2.4 mm long, 1.6–2.4 mm wide; tepals coarsely granular, the outer margin obtusely 2-sided, broadly rounded inside; stamens 1 mm long, 5 mm wide, weakly emergent and persisting in an almost contiguous pattern around the stigma.
    Endemic to Colombia (Chocó), in the type locality in Cerro Torrá, near Río Surama.
    Premontane rain forest life zone.
    The species is a member of Anthurium sect. Cardiolonchium and is characterised by its ovate-lanceolate leaves, which are triangular at the apex and broadly rounded at the base with the upper surface drying dark green and the lower surface drying light green and have 12–14 pairs of narrowly raised primary lateral veins, its light green spathe and its  long-stipitate yellow spadix.

    The species seems most closely related to Anthurium alstonii Croat, but that species differs by its cordate or subcordate leaves (rather than broadly rounded at the base as in A. suramaense) that are less elongated (1.5 × versus 1.7–2.3 × longer than wide in A. suramaense) and by its usually white or cream spadix, which is 12.8–16.7 × longer than broad (versus yellow and 29–33 ×  longer than broad in A. suramaense). It also occurs in a very different environment (Nariño and Valle departments near sea level versus Chocó Department at 1000–1150 m in the case of A. suramaense).

    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. 1000 - 1150 m.; Andes.
    No Evaluada


    Native to:


    Other Data

    Anthurium suramaense Croat appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Willdenowia 40: 104 (2010)

    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., Delannay, X. & Kostelac, C. 2010. New species of Araceae from Colombia. Willdenowia, 40 (1), 63-122.


    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.

    Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

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