1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cercestis Schott
      1. Cercestis mirabilis (N.E.Br.) Bogner

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Uganda and Angola.

    [CATE]

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

    General Description
    LEAVES: Stem about an inch thick, climbing to a height of 30 ft., rooting. Leaves glabrous; petiole 3/4-2 ft. long, terete, grooved at the base in the adult stage, shortly sheathing; blade 6-18 in. long, 5-14 in. broad across the basal lobes, hastate or cordate-hastate, cuspidate-acuminate or shortly and rather abruptly acute, more or less sinuate along the margins, in young plants or young shoots entire, dark green, variegated with whitish between the primary veins in a pattern resembling the tips of a fern frond; in adult plants with large slit-like perforations between the primary veins on each side of the midrib, green, without variegation; front lobe ovate or oblong-ovate; basal lobes broadly rhombic-ovate, or somewhat hatchet-shaped, very obtuse, with a broad, open, very obtuse sinus between them; primary lateral veins 3-4 on each side of the midrib, stout, distant; basal nerve with 2-4 branches, denuded for 1-11/2 in. in the sinus. INFLORESCENCES: Peduncles terminal, 2-4 together, 1 1/2-2 in. long, stout. Spathe 4 in. long, fleshy, green. Spadix a little shorter than the spathe, about 1/2 in. thick. INFRUCTESCENCE: Berries red, not seen
    [FTEA]

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

    Stem
    Adult flowering stem dimorphic, short stouter flowering portions bearing foliage leaves with internodes ± 1 cm. long or less, up to 1.7 cm. in diameter, alternating with long slender flagellae with internodes 9–20 cm. long, 0.4–0.5 cm. in diameter, bearing short triangular cataphylls.
    Leaves
    Juvenile leaves (of non-flagelliform stem) with petiole longer than blade; blade entire, hastate, 14–23 cm. long, 15–25 cm. broad; anterior lobe broadly ovate, posterior lobes obtusely-tipped, separated by broadly oblong sinus; main veins denuded from petiole insertion distally for 1–3.3 cm. Adult leaves much larger; petiole up to 45 cm. long or more; blade hastate-sagittate in outline, pinnatifid by a variable number of rather irregular fissures between primary lateral veins, 40–65 cm. long, 30–40 cm. broad; lateral lobes truncate, trapezoid, broadest at tips, posterior lobes separated by broadly spathulate or rhombic sinus; main veins denuded from petiole insertion distally for 3–4.5 cm.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences l–3(–6); peduncle 2–4.5 cm. long, 1.2 cm. in diameter.
    Spathe
    Spathe 6–9 cm. long, 2 cm. in diameter when closed, gaping to 3 cm. broad at anthesis, outside dull green, with slight reddish tinge towards base, inside whitish green, ± glossy.
    Spadix
    Spadix slightly overtopping spathe, 6.5–9 cm. long, pistillate part 2 cm. long, 0.9 cm. in diameter, staminate part 6 cm. long, 1.1 cm. in diameter.
    Stamens
    Stamens creamy white, 0.3 cm. long.
    Pistil
    Pistil 0.25 cm. long; ovary subglobose, 0.2 cm. in diameter, variously reported as yellowish cream, green or rose; stigma discoid, 0.1 cm. broad.
    Figures
    Fig. 6.
    Habitat
    Rain-forest; 800 m.
    Distribution
    U2 also West and Central Africa
    [FWTA]

    Araceae, F. N. Hepper. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

    Habit
    A stout climber in forest 20-30 ft. high
    Roots
    Long tapering roots into the ground from the upper parts, and clasping roots round the host stem
    Spathe
    Spathe pale yellow on both sides
    Spadix
    Male portion of spadix creamy yellow, female pink.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Is., Nigeria, Uganda, Zaïre

    Cercestis mirabilis (N.E.Br.) Bogner appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1994 Cheek, M. [5197], Cameroon K000437934
    Jan 1, 1994 Ndam, N. [685], Cameroon K000437931
    29047.471
    K000345926 holotype
    Mann [101], Equatorial Guinea K000345921 syntype
    Mann [101], Equatorial Guinea K000345922 syntype
    Cable, S. [2262], Cameroon K000542382
    Cable, S. [2262], Cameroon K000542383
    K000345924 holotype
    K000345925 holotype
    Barter [s.n.], Equatorial Guinea K000345923 syntype

    First published in Aroideana 8: 73 (1985 publ. 1986)

    Accepted by

    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 30: 1-307.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • 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.
    • Harris, D.J. (2002). The vascular plants of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic: 1-274. National Botanic Garden (Belgium), Meise.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Harris, D.J. (2002). The vascular plants of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic: 1-274. National Botanic Garden (Belgium), Meise.

    Sources

    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.
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. 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