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This species is accepted, and its native range is Sumatera.


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

Primary forest, secondary forest on river, on rocks.
Sumatera. Endemic.
General Description
Slender, heterophyllous (?), creeping rheophyte (?) to 45 cm; seedling and pre-adult plants unknown; LEAVES: adult shoot sympodial, clinging main axis creeping or briefly ascendant; stems minutely longitudinally ridged, without petiolar sheath fibre, internodes 0.5-1 x 0.3-0.5 cm, separated by prominent very slightly oblique leaf scars; dormant axillary and terminal buds comparatively very large, matt black; clasping roots very densely arising from the nodes and internodes of clinging stems, finely pubescent; feeding roots adherent, densely pubescent; leaves spiro-distichous, erect or spreading and scattered and tending to become distally clustered on adult shoots; cataphylls and prophylls unknown, (soon drying and falling ?); petiole very narrowly canaliculate to almost carinate, 6-20 x 0.1-2.25 cm, smooth, apical and basal genicula not prominent; petiolar sheath barely visible, but extending to the just below the apical geniculum, soon falling; lamina entire, very narrowly lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate-elliptic or narrowly oblanceolate, slightly to prominently oblique, 9-30 x 1.5-4 cm, coriaceous, semiglossy above, matt beneath, margins minutely revolute, base long-decurrent, apex long-acuminate with a moderately prominent tubule; midrib raised abaxially, sunken adaxially; primary venation pinnate, slightly raised abaxially and adaxially; interprimaries subparallel to primaries, slightly raised abaxially and adaxially; secondary venation reticulate, very slightly raised; INFLORESCENCE solitary, subtended by a fully developed foliage and a prominent, narrow prophyll; peduncle subequalling or exceeding petioles, terete, 9-14 x 0.18-0.2 cm; spathe broadly canoe-shaped, abruptly stout-beaked, 4-5 x 0.6-1.2 cm, stiffly fleshy, yellow, falling (at anthesis ?); spadix cylindrical, stipitate, 2.4-3.2 x c. 0.5 cm, green; stipe c. 2 x 0.75 mm; stylar region rather well developed, mostly rhombohexagonal, c. 1-1.5 x 1-1.5 mm, very slightly conical to truncate; stigma punctiform, c. 0.3 mm diam., raised; anthers exserted at anthesis; INFRUCTESCENCE unknown.
Peduncle subequalling or exceeding petioles, spathe 4-5 cm, spadix 2.4-3.2 cm, stipitate. Plant terrestrial, perhaps occasionally rheophytic. Sumatera (endemic)

Native to:


Rhaphidophora araea P.C.Boyce appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Gard. Bull. Singapore 52: 116 (2000)

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

  • P.C. Boyce 2000. The Genus Rhaphidophora Hassk. (Araceae-Monsteroideae-Monstereae) in the Southern and Western Indonesian Archipelago Gardens Bulletin Singapore. 52: 101-183

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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