Family:
Araceae Juss.

Homalomena lauterbachii Engl.

This species is accepted, and its native range is New Guinea.

[CATE]

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

Distribution

Northern and western New Guinea.

General Description

Herb 20-40( -70) cm tall.  Leaves usually rather numerous, to 15 together; petiole 10- 26 cm long, dark green to dark reddish brown, sheathing in the lower 1/5-1/3; lamina sagittate to (usually) weakly hastate, 12-23 cm long; anterior lobe 9.5-18 cm long, triangular to faintly ovate, 3.5-14 cm wide at base, the tip acuminate for c. 2 cm; primary lateral veins 3-5 on each side of the midrib, diverging at c. 40-45°; posterior lobes 3-5(-8) cm long, somewhat rounded to narrow and blunt-tipped, usually faintly turned out.  Inflorescences several together, clustered at the base of the crown; peduncles short, to c. 4(-8) cm long in the exposed part, much shorter than the petioles; spathe 2-4(-6) cm long, rather fat, with the apex obtuse and somewhat hood-forming, apiculate for c. 0.7-1.3 cm, distal spathe margins (but not the apex) briefly reflexed at anthesis, dark green to dark reddish brown; spadix sessile, not exceeding the spathe, but the male part exserted from it at anthesis;  female zone c. 1/3 the length of the spadix; ovaries subglobose, c. 1 mm diam.; stigma large, almost as wide as the ovary, weakly 2-4-lobed; infrapistillar staminodes present, rather variable in size, white, about 1/2 to equalling the height of the ovary;  male zone sub-cylindric, tapering to a blunt point;  male flowers 2-3(-4)-merous. The tissues in  H. lauterbachii are described as smelling of anise.

Habitat

In forest and occasionally in re growth from the lowlands to c. 450 m alt.

Native to:

New Guinea

Homalomena lauterbachii Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Sep 1, 1996 Takeuchi, W. [6792], Papua New Guinea K000457289 No
Sep 1, 1996 Sands, M.J.S. [1253], Papua New Guinea K000457290 No
Jul 16, 1996 Frodin, D. [3231], Papua New Guinea K000457286 No
Jul 16, 1996 Frodin, D. [3231], Papua New Guinea K000457287 No
Feb 23, 1995 Morren [3024], Papua New Guinea K000457288 No

First published in K.M.Schumann & C.A.G.Lauterbach, Fl. Schutzgeb. Südsee, Nachtr.: 61 (1905)

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.

Literature

CATE Araceae

  • Hay, A. Revision of Homalomena (Araceae-Homalomeneae) in New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Islands. Blumea 44, 41–71 (1999).

  • 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

  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • 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