Araceae Juss.

Zomicarpella N.E.Br.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Colombia, Peru, N. Brazil.


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

General Description
Laticifers anastomosing. HABIT : small herb with creeping rhizome. LEAVES : 1-3. PETIOLE : sheath short. BLADE : cordate-sagittate to hastate-sagittate, often variegated with pale green blotches; primary lateral veins mostly arising at petiole insertion, running into margin or forming a submarginal collective vein, higher order venation reticulate. INFLORESCENCE : 1-2 in each floral sympodium, appearing with leaves. PEDUNCLE : slender, longer or shorter than petiole. SPATHE : oblong-lanceolate, fully expanded and unconstricted ( Z. maculata), or constricted between tube and blade, tube convolute, blade expanded, erect at first, then reflexed, persistent in fruit ( Z. amazonica). SPADIX : longer or shorter than spathe, female zone adnate to spathe, contiguous or separated from male by short axis ( Z. maculata), male zone subequal to female, cylindric, terminal appendix more slender, ± elongate. FLOWERS : unisexual, perigone absent. MALE FLOWER : 1-androus, stamens densely arranged, anthers subsessile, filaments short but distinct, connective narrow, inconspicuous, thecae opposite, subglobose, dehiscing by apical pore. POLLEN : extruded in strands, inaperturate, spherical, small (18-20 µm. diam.), exine spinose. FEMALE FLOWER : gynoecium ellipsoid-oblong, or depressed-bottle-shaped, somewhat laterally compressed, ovary 1-locular, ovules 1-6, anatropous, funicle short or very short, placenta basal, style short, distinct, stigma small, discoid-hemispheric. BERRY : depressed-globose, whitish, stigma remnant persistent, 1-3-seeded. SEED : irregularly ellipsoid, somewhat compressed laterally, testa thin, smooth, whitish, raphe conspicuous, hilum somewhat sunken, purple, embryo ellipsoid to pear-shaped, small, endosperm copious.
Small, rhizomatous geophytes; leaf blade cordate-sagittate, fine venation reticulate; female zone of spadix adnate to spathe, appendix slender; flowers unisexual, perigone absent. Differs from Filarum, Ulearum and Zomicarpa in the combination of creeping rhizomatous stems, cordate-sagittate leaves, slender spadix appendix, stamen connectives not prolonged and 1- to 6-ovulate ovaries.
Tropical humid forest (“terra firme”); geophytes on forest floor.
Colombia, Peru, N. Brazil.

Native to:

Brazil North, Colombia, Peru

Zomicarpella N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Gard. Chron., n.s., 16: 266 (1881)

Accepted by

  • Bogner, J. (2007). Zomicarpella maculata (Araceae) rediscovered, with notes on the tribe Zomicarpeae. Willdenowia 37: 523-534.
  • 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

  • Mayo, S.J., Bogner, J. & Boyce, P.C. 1997. The genera of Araceae. 370 pp.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2008. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

  • 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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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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