Family:
Araceae Juss.

Culcasia liberica N.E.Br.

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

[CATE]

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

General Description
Plant climbing 4-10 m, Anchor roots 2 cm long. LEAVES : Petiole 5-12 cm, sheath 1/3- ½ of petiole; Blade ovate-elliptic, apex acute or acuminate, coriacious, waxy, with lateral veins invisible on the upper surface, glossy; Secretory canals longitudinal to 1 cm long and dark punctate; Blade 19-26 cm long, 6-11 cm wide. INFLORESCENCES ca. 10 per article; Peduncle 3-6 cm; Spathe 3-5.5 cm, inside yellow and orange, exterior salmon covered with a typical bluish film; Spadix 3.3-4.5 cm, maximum thickness 7 mm; Male zone 2.5-4.0 cm (of which 4-8 mm are sterile flowers), fertile flowers light orange, 3-4 grouped stamens, 1.5-2 mm broad, Sterile flowers orange on a orangeish brown spadix; Female zone 3-7 mm, ovary 2-3 mm diam., reddish brown, stigma sessile, discoid ( -1 mm diam.), white, ovary 2-locular; INFRUCTESCENCE: Berries globose, ca. 8 red-orange berries per infructescence, 1 seed per berry, infructescence dense.
Habitat
Heliophilic species, in dense humid forests and in clearings.

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climber up trees in forest
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Spathe
Spathe greenish white.

Native to:

Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo

Culcasia liberica N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1952 Small, D. [581], Sierra Leone K000499430 Yes
Knecht, M. [1], Côte d'Ivoire 47712.000 No
Knecht [1], Côte d'Ivoire 51491.000 No
58107.000 No
Whyte, A. [s.n.], Liberia K000345904 Unknown type material Yes

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 37: 115 (1904)

Accepted by

  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • 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. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Hepper in Kew Bull. 21: 324, fig. 4, 5-7 (1967).
  • in J. Linn. Soc. 37: 115 (1905)

CATE Araceae

  • Knecht, M. 1983. Aracées de la Côte dIvoire - Contribution à l'étude biosystématique des représentants d'Aracées de la Côte d'Ivoire.' Phanerogamarum Monographiae Tom.. XVII: 290 pp.

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.

  • 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 West Tropical Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. 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 2022. 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