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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. & NW. Borneo.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

Malesia: endemic to North Borneo.
General Description
Slender to somewhat robust, heterophyllous (?), root-climbing liane. Shoot system only weakly differentiated into flowering and non-flowering branches; eocaul and seedling not observed. LEAVES mid-green adaxially, slightly paler abaxially, stiffly chartaceous, drying greyish green; petiole 2.5–12 × 0.3–0.4 cm, often rather stout, prominently geniculate apically, sheath extending to below the geniculum and briefly ligulate apically, clasping basally, prominent, later degrading into feeble fibres; blade 14–26 × 4–11.5 cm, narrowly to rather broadly oblong-ovate to oblong-elliptic, slightly oblique, occasionally falcate, base obtuse, rarely weakly cordate in largest examples, apex short-attenuate, minutely apiculate; primary lateral veins arising at 60–85°, intramarginal veins 2 per side, the outer intramarginal vein remaining very close and parallel to margin. INFLORESCENCE solitary to few together, usually subtended by cataphylls on condensed short shoots arising from below the axils of distal leaves, occasionally from such shoots arising (persisting?) on leafless older stems, much more rarely terminal on leafy shoots, erect; peduncle 2.5–4 × 0.1–0.15 cm, erect, yellowgreen. Spathe 1.5–4 × 0.25–1.4 cm, lorate to lorate-triangular, reflexed, not persisting into fruiting, base rounded and obliquely inserted on peduncle, apex acute, apiculate, yellow-green, very thinly leathery. Spadix stipitate; stipe 3–4 mm long; fertile portion 1.8–6 × 0.4–0.5 cm, cylindrical, yellow. Flowers c. 1.3 mm diam., with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens. INFRUCTESCENCE with numerous berries; fruits 7–10 × 4–7 mm, ellipsoid with a long slender persistent style, ripening red; seeds not observed.
Lowland forest on shale, slopes and ridges, rarely in peatswamp.

Native to:


Pothos brevistylus Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 1, 2001 Beccari, O. [3984], Sarawak K000291850 Unknown type material
Sep 1, 2001 Hose, C. [582], Sarawak K000291849 isotype

First published in Bull. Soc. Tosc. Ortic. 4: 267 (1879)

Accepted by

  • 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.


CATE Araceae

  • Abranowicz, E. 1912. Über das Wachstum der Knollen von Sauromatum guttatum Schott und Amorphophallus rivieri Durieu. 62: 449-458.
  • Boyce, P.C. & Hay, A. 2001. A taxonomic revision of Araceae tribe Potheae (Pothos, Pothoidium and Pedicellarum) for Malesia, Australia and the tropical Western Pacific. Telopea. 9 (3): 449-571

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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