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


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

Margins of forests.
Immediately identifiable by the long, narrow falcate leaf lamina and relatively short petiole.
General Description
Medium to large, moderately robust, semipachycaul homeophyllous liane to unknown ultimate height; seedling stage & pre-adult plants not observed; LEAVES: adult shoot architecture comprised of elongated, clinging, physiognomically monopodial, leafy, non-flowering stems and simple to slightly elaborated, free, sympodial, moderately leafy, flowering stems; stems smooth, climbing stems terete in cross-section, free stems more or less terete to very weakly four-angled in cross-section, without prophyll, cataphyll and petiolar sheath fibre, internodes to 2.5 x 0.75 cm free shoots, separated by prominent oblique leaf scars; flagellate foraging stems not observed; roots not observed; leaves scattered-distichous on flowering shoots; cataphylls and prophylls membranous, very quickly drying and falling; petiole very shallowly canaliculate adaxially, 9-10 x 0.3-0.4 cm, smooth, with a slight apical and prominent basal geniculum; petiolar sheath prominent, extending to and encircling the apical geniculum, very swiftly drying and falling to leave a thin continuous scar from the petiole base, around the top of the apical geniculum and back to the base; lamina entire, falcate-lanceolate to falcate-oblanceolate, 13.5-32.5 x 2.5-7 cm, thinly coriaceous, base to acute or slightly rounded, apex acuminate with a prominent apiculate tubule; midrib raised abaxially, almost flush adaxially; primary venation pinnate, raised abaxially and slightly less so adaxially; interprimaries parallel to primaries, less prominent, slightly raised abaxially and adaxially; secondary venation weakly reticulate, slightly raised abaxially and adaxially, but not at all prominent; INFLORESCENCE solitary, subtended by a fully developed foliage leaf and one or more soon-falling cataphyll; peduncle compressed-cylindric, swollen at insertion of spadix, 9 x 0.7 cm; spathe not observed; spadix cigar shaped, sessile, inserted obliquely on peduncle, c. 10 x 1 cm; stylar region well developed, rhombohexagonal, 1.5-2 x 1.5-2 mm, truncate; stigma slightly raised-punctiform, c. 0.3 mm diam.; anthers not exserted at anthesis; INFRUCTESCENCE stoutly cylindrical, c. 13 x 2 cm.
Philippines (Catanduanes, Luzon). Endemic.

Native to:


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

First published in Gard. Bull. Singapore 52: 222 (2000 publ. 2001)

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 Philippines Gardens Bulletin Singapore. 52: 213-256

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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