1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Amorphophallus Blume ex Decne.
      1. Amorphophallus gallaensis (Engl.) N.E.Br.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to Kenya.


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

    Somalia and Masai region: from Kenya (Massai highland) to southwest Somalia and to southeast Ethiopia
    General Description
    Tuber very flat globose, 6-15 x 3-8 cm, red brown to grey white. LEAF apearing after the flower, up to 1 m high. Petiole 30-50 cm long or more, red to green and mottled green and white. Blade up to 1 m in diameter; terminal leaflets elliptic to inversely egg-shaped, 3-12 x 1-3 cm, attenuating in a 0.5 cm long tip. Cataphylls 2; 2-20 x 1,5-3 cm, the inner one more than 20 cm long and pink with black markings, the outer one brown and membranous. Peduncle smooth, 20-45 x 0.8-2.5 cm, a weak olive green to brownish with white spots and black markings, appearing before the leaf, basally sometimes with adventitious roots. INFLORESCENCE: Spathe 16-40 cm long; divided by a slight constriction into an elongate-cylindrical to ovoid (‘oval’) tube and a long, narrow, triangular, open limb. Tube 6-13 x 3-9 cm; outside greenish, purple to brownish or olive to green, with white spots; inside basally brownish to purple, with strongly branching, barely raised, longish ribs, which extend upward for 4-5 cm, then a greenish, smooth zone at the transition to the open limb. Open limb 10-27 x 8-15 cm; long triangular; sometimes somewhat twisted; attenuating in a small tip; outside green, purple to brownish or olive to green, with white spots; inside purple to brown; margin strongly undulate. Spadix sessile, emerging from the axis at an angle, 30-70 cm long, 1½ to twice as long as the spathe. Pistillate zone cylindrical, 1.7-4 x 1.5-2 cm, flowers partly congested. Staminate zone long obconical to cylindrical, 2.5-4 x 0.8-2.3 cm, flowers may be distant [and] in groups of 3-5 stamens, but generaly [flowers] congested. Appendix long conical; 25-80 x 1.3-1.7 cm (base); ± smooth, or rough due to narrow, inconspicuous longitudinal ribs; reddish to brown or purple to green; without clear constriction basally. Staminodes absent; sterile zone between pistillate and staminate zone absent; ratio of pistillate to staminate zone 0.6-0.8 : 1. Pistillate flowers 4-5 mm long, tilted upwards; ovary globose to ovoid, 2-2.5 x 1.5-2 mm, unilocular, placentation basal, green and apically becoming brownish; style 2-3 mm long, abruptly emerging from the ovary, somewhat bent towards the axis, dark purple to brown, sometimes dotted pink; stigma plurimorphic, 0.5-0.7 x 0.5-0.7 mm, somewhat zygomorphic, subapical (‘seitlich am Griffel sitzend’), stigmas unlobed button-shaped to triangular or bi- to tri-humped, white to green. Staminate flowers 1-1.75 x 1-2 mm; anthers free, cubical, 1 x 1 mm, greenish to cream; connective dark brown to purple; filaments 0.2-0.5 mm long, 3-5 together forming a platform-like “Columna”, these can be clearly delimited groups in larger inflorescences, otherwise congested; pores apical, circular to broadly elliptic (‘oval’), one pore per theca visible. Pollen inaperturate, 30-50 x 25-41 µm, ovoid, cream, exine striate. Smell very unpleasant. INFRUCTESCENCE: Not known.
    Frequent in dry Bushsavannas, open woodlands, degraded bushlands. Less frequent on rocks (Inselbergs?) and in river source regions (‘Quellgebieten’).
    Amorphophallus gallaensis is a conspicuous species from Kenya and the southern regions of Ethiopia and Somalia. A. gallaensis stands out by its chocolate coloured (purple-brown to reddish-brown) spathe and the similarly coloured appendix
    Flowers from October until December.

    Araceae, S.J. Mayo. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

    Tuber discoid to depressed-globose, 6–13 cm. in diameter.
    Petiole 30 cm. long or more, reddish green with grey, dark green and white mottling; ultimate leaf-lobes elliptic to obovate, acuminate, 8–12 cm. long, 1.5–3 cm. broad.
    Inflorescence appearing before the leaves, evil-smelling, subtended by 2 cataphylls 2–15 cm. long, 1.5–2.5 cm. broad, white with pink tingeing and a few black spots.
    Peduncle 20–45 cm. long, 1.1–2.5 cm. in diameter, pale olive to brownish green with white blotches and fewer blackish spots.
    Spathe 16–28 cm. long; tube subcylindric to ovoid, only slightly constricted towards apex, 6.5–8 cm. long, 2.5–4 cm. in diameter, outer surface pale greyish or purplish or olive green with conspicuous white spots, inner surface longitudinally ridged towards base, the ridges rugulose-verrucose, glaucous dark maroon-purple, becoming smooth and white-streaked towards throat; limb ovate-triangular, shortly acuminate, margins strongly undulate, 10–20 cm. long, 8–13 cm. broad, erect, inner surface blackish to maroon-purple, often becoming green at margins.
    Spadix 30–90 cm. long, much longer than spathe; sterile appendix elongate-conic, hardly narrowed at base, rounded at apex, 25–80 cm. long, 1.3–3.7 cm. in diameter near base, tapering to 0.5–0.9 cm. in diameter near apex, ± smooth, purple, reddish brown or purplish green; staminate part obconic, tapering slightly towards base, 3–4 cm. long, 1.4–2.3 cm. in diameter; pistillate part cylindric, 2–4 cm. long, 1.5–2 cm. in diameter, contiguous with staminate part, pistils distant from one another.
    Stamens usually free, sometimes distant from one another, sessile, 1.75 mm. long, 2 mm. broad; connective dark brownish purple; thecae cream.
    Pistil 5 mm. long; ovary ± 2.25 mm. long, 2.25 mm. in diameter, ovoid, green basally becoming maroon tinged in upper part, unilocular; ovule solitary; placentation basal; style slender, elongated, ± 2–3 mm. long, slightly forward-curving, dark purple; stigma zygomorphic, facing sideways (stigmas of different pistils face in different directions), white to green, bilabiate (supporting stylar tissue produced and fornicate on one side), upper lobe acute to subacute.
    i>Acacia-Commiphora bushland, 700–1100 m.
    K1 K4 K7
    Tubers and leaves are cooked and eaten in Kenya (Dandu) (in sched. J.B. Gillett 12679).



    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Amorphophallus gallaensis (Engl.) N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 7, 1996 Gillett, J.B. [12679], Somalia K000499382
    Feb 7, 1996 Gillet, J.B. [12679], Somalia K000499383
    Greenway, P.J. 29047.070
    Langridge, W.P. [E.A.H. No. 1], Kenya 22670.000
    Langridge, W.P. [EAH 11056], Kenya 47242.000
    Greenway, P., Kenya 29047.482

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 8: 155 (1901)

    Accepted by

    • Ittenbach, S. (2003). Revision der afrikanischen Arten de Gattung Amorphophallus (Araceae) Englera 25: 1-263.
    • 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
    • Ittenbach, S. 2003. Revision der afrikanischen Arten der Gattung Amorphophallus (Araceae). Englera. 25: 5-263


    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.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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