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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Anthurium Schott
      1. Anthurium watermaliense L.H.Bailey & Nash

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


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    Known fromCosta Rica and Panama.
    Most collections have been made at about 750 m in premontane and lower montane rainforest. Populations occur near sea level in tropical moist and premontane wet forest.
    General Description
    Terrestrial; stem to 25 cm long, (1)1.5-3 cm diam.; roots numerous, descending, velutinous, 3-4 mm diam.; cataphylls thin, 4.5-14 cm long, .obtuse to acute at apex, persisting as coarse linear fibers. LEAVES erect-spreading; petioles (12)25- 60(88) cm long, ca. 4-5 mm diam., subterete, flattened to slightly and narrowly sulcate with blunt to rounded margins adaxially, rounded abaxially; geniculum, 1 -1.5 cm long; blades moderately coriaceous, ovate-triangular, long-acuminate at apex, deeply lobed at base, 21-60 cm long, (14)20-40 cm wide; anterior lobe 20-45 cm long; the posterior lobes mostly oblong, (7)14-26 cm long, (3.5)5-l0(16) cm wide, rounded at apex; sinus parabolic to hippocrepiform; both surfaces semiglossy; midrib convexly raised above and below; basal veins 5-8 pairs, 2nd through 8th coalesced 4.5-8 cm, prominulous above and below; posterior rib mostly naked, weakly turned up on outer margin; primary lateral veins 4-8 per side, departing midrib at 40-45º angle, prominulous in grooves above, prominulous below; tertiary veins conspicuously raised below when dried; collective vein arising from 1st or 2nd basal vein, raised above and below, equally as prominent as primary lateral veins when dried, 3-6 mm from margin. INFLORESCENCES spreading, shorter than leaves; peduncle (12)25-60(75) cm long, 3-7 mm diam., 0.5-1.5 x as long as petiole; spathe erect to reflexed, subcoriaceous, usually dark violet-purple, sometimes green, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 5-1 5(2 1) cm long, (1.5)2-6(8.5) cm wide, inserted at 75º angle on peduncle, long-acuminate at apex, acute to rounded (rarely cordate) and conspicuously decurrent at base; stipe 0.3-3 cm long; spadix white to greenish, yellow or purple, tapered, 7-19 cm long, 5-10 mm diam. near base, 2-5 mm diam. near apex; flowers rhombic to 4-lobed, 1.5-3.4 mm long, 1.8-3.1 mm wide, the sides straight to jaggedly sigmoid; 5-12 flowers visible in principal spiral, 6-16 in alternate spiral; tepals matte, punctate; lateral tepals 1.5-2.2 mm wide, the inner margins convex to i straight; pistils raised, protruding beyond the stamens at anthesis, glossy, weakly exserted just before stamens emerged, dark green; stigma narrowly ellipsoid, ca. 0.5 mm long, droplets appearing 2-3 days before stamens emerge; stamens emerging rapidly from the base or sometimes in a scattered pattern throughout, held erect above the tepals; filaments translucent, exserted, 0.3-0.4 mm long, 0.6 mm wide; anthers creamy white, 0.9 mm long, 0.9-1 mm wide; thecae ellipsoid, divaricate; pollen white. INFRUCTESCENCE with spadix to 22 cm long, ca. 2 cm diam., bearing berries in the basal portion only; berries yellow to usually orange, ovoid to obovoid, shortly beaked at apex, 10-15 mm long, ca. 4-5 mm diam.

    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.

    Nativa y cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 2500 m.; Andes.
    No Evaluada


    Native to:

    Colombia, Costa Rica, Panamá

    Other Data

    Anthurium watermaliense L.H.Bailey & Nash appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in L.H.Bailey, Stand. Cycl. Hort.: 303 (1914)

    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

    • Croat, T.B. 1991. A revision of Anthurium Section Pachyneurium (Araceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 78 (3): 539-855


    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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