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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Thailand to Peninsula Malaysia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[CATE]

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

Distribution
Thailand (south peninsular). In Malesia: Peninsular Malaysia.
Habitat
Shady to open areas in wet, occasionally swampy, primary forest, often on steep slopes.
General Description
Slender, heterophyllous, root-climbing liane to 7 m. Stem?; eocaul not observed; seedling shingle-leaved. LEAVES bright to mid-green adaxially, slightly paler abaxially, stiffly chartaceous, drying dull green with the midrib pale yellow and prominently raised; petiole 4–12 × 0.2–0.25 cm, slender, sheath extending to geniculum, clasping basally on juvenile and mature sterile shoots, prominent and sheathing to 4/5 of its length on fertile shoots; blade 5–25 × 2.3–9 cm, ovate to elliptic or lanceolate, base acute to rounded, apex attenuate-mucronate, acute or attenuate, minutely apiculate; primary lateral veins arising at 45–65°, with 3 intramarginal veins per side, the lowermost arising from the base, subsequent veins arising from the lower part of the midrib, outer intramarginal vein remaining very close and parallel to margin, the second and third progressively nearer to the midrib, all reaching the leaf tip. INFLORESCENCE solitary, usually subtended by cataphylls on condensed short shoots in the axils of distal leaves, occasionally from such shoots arising (persisting?) on leafless older stems, rarely terminal on leafy shoots, by reflexing of the peduncle held inverted beneath the shoot; peduncle 2–5 × 0.15–0.25 cm, stout, reflexed c. 90° at the base, yellow to orange-brown. Spathe 4–10 × 2.5–6 cm, ovate, deeply cucullate, base slightly decurrent on the peduncle, apex acute, deep purple inside and out, softly leathery and rather prominently net-veined. Spadix sessile, 2.5–7 × 0.3–0.8 cm, cylindrical, deep purple-brown. Flowers c. 1 mm diam., with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens. INFRUCTESCENCE with 4–10 berries; fruits c. 2–4 × 2.5–9 mm, oblong-ellipsoid; seeds not observed.
Diagnostic
Unique due to its deeply cucullate, softly leathery, deep purple spathe, P. kingii is restricted to southern Peninsular Thailand and a few localities in Peninsular Malaysia where it occurs in wet forest. Fertile specimens are instantly recognizable but sterile material could be confused with vegetatively similar P. lorispathus (to which P. kingii is allopatric), and P. curtisii. The last is known from one locality in Peninsular Thailand but is widespread and locally common in Peninsular Malaysia.

Native to:

Malaya, Thailand

Pothos kingii Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 1, 2001 Scortechini, B. [1450], Peninsular Malaysia K000291869 Unknown type material
Sep 1, 2001 King's coll. [2723], Peninsular Malaysia K000291870 Unknown type material
Boyce, P.C. [1222], Thailand 63169.000

First published in Fl. Brit. India 6: 553 (1893)

Accepted by

  • Boyce, P.C. (2009). A review of Pothos L. (Araceae: Pothoideae: Pothoeae) for Thailand Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) 37: 15-26.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mansor, M., Boyce, P.C., Othman, A.S. & Sulaiman, B. (2012). The Araceae of peninsular Malaysia: 1-146. Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Literature

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
  • Boyce, P.C. 2009. A review of Pothos L. (Araceae: Pothoideae: Pothoeae) for Thailand. Thai For. Bull. (Bot.), 37, 15-26.

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.

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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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0