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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. New Guinea to Solomon Islands.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

General Description
Slender, leptocaul, homeophyllous liane to 4 m; seedling and pre-adult plants not observed; LEAVES: adult shoot architecture not full observed but seemingly comprised of elongated, clinging, physiognomically unbranched, leafy, non-flowering stems and slightly lengthened mostly unbranched, free, leafy, flowering stems; stems smooth, flexuous, climbing stems ± terete, occasionally weakly angled, free stems terete, to similarly sulcate, without prophyll, cataphyll and petiolar sheath fibre, internodes 0.3-5 x 0.2-0.3 cm on free shoots, flowering shoots with shorter internodes, separated by weak straight leaf scars, older stems woody; flagellate foraging stems not observed; clasping roots and feeding roots not observed; leaves spiro-distichous, slightly scattered; cataphylls and prophylls membranous, caducous; petiole grooved adaxially, 1.5-5 x 0.1-0.18 cm, smooth, with a slight apical and basal geniculum; petiolar sheath slightly prominent, extending beyond the apical geniculum by two ligules, caducous leaving a continuous scar from the petiole base, around the top of the apical geniculum and back to the base; lamina entire, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate or oblanceolate, slightly falcate, 5-16 x 2.2-7 cm, thinly coriaceous, base cuneate subovate or minutely cordate, apex acute to briefly acuminate, with a small tubule; midrib raised abaxially, sunken adaxially; primary venation pinnate, slightly raised on both surfaces in dried material; interprimaries reticulate to sub-parallel to, but much less distinctive than, primaries, degrading into weakly reticulate venation, very slightly raised abaxially; secondary and tertiary venation reticulate; INFLORESCENCE solitary, subtended by a fully developed foliage leaf and a caducous cataphyll; peduncle slightly compressed-terete, 1-3 x 0.2-0.3 cm; spathe cigar-shaped, apex beaked, 1-4.5 x 0.7-1.2 cm, fleshy, yellow-green to yellow-cream, caducous leaving a large scar; spadix cylindrical, sessile, inserted level on peduncle, 1.5-2.5 x 0.5-0.8 cm, obtuse, white; stylar region rounded-rhombohexagonal, 0.9-1 x 0.85-1.1 mm, truncate; stigma punctiform, c. 0.3 mm diam., slightly prominent in dried material; anthers not exserted at male anthesis; INFRUCTESCENCE not observed.
Well-drained primary and secondary forest on flat and hilly terrain, occasionally in lowland swamp forest
Papua New Guinea (Bougainville, Manus), Solomon Islands (Fauore, Guadalcanal, Kolombangara, Malaita, San Jorge, Small Malaita).

Native to:

Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea, Solomon Is.

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mauriasi, R. [12268], South Solomons K000499200 isotype

First published in Gard. Bull. Singapore 53: 138 (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 2001. The Genus Rhaphidophora Hassk. (Araceae-Monsteroideae-Monstereae) in New Guinea, Australia and the Tropical Western Pacific Gardens Bulletin Singapore. 53: 75-183

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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