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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Amorphophallus Blume ex Decne.
      1. Amorphophallus kachinensis Engl. & Gehrm.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is China (Yunnan) to N. Indo-China.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    Tuber brown, depressed globose, 3–5(or more)cm high, 5–30cm in diam., developing offsets; offsets incompletely known but probably rhizomatous. Leaf solitary; petiole dirty white with dark green to reddish brown spots, ca. 20cm (?or longer), glabrous; leaf blade to 100 cmin diam.; leaflets elliptic, 6–9 × 2–3cm, acute-acuminate. Inflorescence solitary, long pedunculate; cataphylls 9–20cm; peduncle ivory-white, grayish, or greenish with brown or purple blotches and greenish patches, 24–80cm, 0.7–1cm in diam. at base. Spathe shortly convolute at base, outside green or greenish brown with green spots or purplish red stripes and spots, apex purple, concave, 8–29 × 7–14cm, base inside with scattered, shallow, punctiform warts. Spadix emitting an unpleasant, rancid smell, much shorter than spathe, 6.5–18cm; stipe 0.2–1 × 0.4–1cm; flowers unisexual; female zone slightly obconic or cylindric, 1.3–5 × 0.6–1.4cm, flowers congested, proximal ones often more loosely arranged; ovary dark purple, globose or subpyriform, after anthesis (?fertilization) articulate to style, ca. 2mm high, ca. 1.5mm in diam., 1-loculed, with 1 basal, anatropous ovule; style strongly curved, dark purple, 1–2mm, slender; stigma superficial, semi-globose, triradiate or flattened, subapical, often transversely expanded beyond style and subbilabiate, ca. 0.4mm high, 0.7–1mm in diam., verrucate, verrucae sometimes elongate and “catcher”-like; male zone obconic, occasionally fusiform, base often constricted, flowers congested, 2–4 × 1.2–3cm; male flowers consisting of 3–6 stamens; stamens ca. 3mm; filaments ca. 2mm, basal half connate, occasionally entirely connate; anthers white, 1–1.5 × ca. 0.8mm, apex subtruncate; pores apical to sublateral, marginal, elongate; appendix stipitate, occasionally sessile, dirty white, ovoid or conic, occasionally nearly globose, 5.5–7 × 2–4cm, often with a few deep, longitudinal grooves or with a few shallow folds, glabrous, base constricted, apex truncate, rounded, or rarely acute; stipe 0.3–1.5 × 0.8–2cm.
    Fl. Mar–May.
    Dense climax forests, on limestone rocks.
    meng hai mo yu


    Native to:

    China South-Central, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand


    Other Data

    Amorphophallus kachinensis Engl. & Gehrm. appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenr., IV, 23C: 91 (1911)

    Accepted by

    • Boyce, P.C., Sookchaloem, D., Hetterscheid, W.L.A., Gusman, G., Jacobsen, N., Idei, T. & Nguyen, V.D. (2012). Flora of Thailand 11(2): 101-325. The Forest Herbarium, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok.
    • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. 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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