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


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

General Description
Moderately robust, semi-leptocaul, homeophyllous (?) liane to 5 m; seedling and pre-adult plants not observed; LEAVES: adult shoot architecture comprised of elongated, clinging, physiognomically unbranched, leafy, non-flowering stems and elongated, free, leafy, flowering stems; stems smooth, flexuous, stems ± terete in cross-section, without prophyll, cataphyll fibre, internodes 5-10 x 0.5-1 cm, separated by weak straight leaf scars, older stems woody; flagellate foraging stems not observed; clasping roots arising singly from nodes; feeding roots solitary from nodes; leaves weakly spiro-distichous, moderately densely arranged; cataphylls and prophylls membranous, caducous; petiole grooved adaxially, 7-30 x 0.6-1 cm, smooth, with a prominent apical and basal geniculum; petiolar sheath prominent, extending to base or top of apical geniculum, soon drying chartaceous, then degrading very slightly to weak fibres before falling leaving a feeble scar; lamina entire, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, 10-40 x 5-12 cm, thinly coriaceous, base cuneate to acute, apex acute-acuminate, with a minute tubule; midrib raised abaxially, slightly sunken adaxially, drying conspicuously lighter than surrounding lamina; primary venation pinnate, slightly raised on both surfaces in dried material, drying lighter; interprimaries sub-parallel to primaries and only slightly less conspicuous; secondary venation reticulate, fine but conspicuous; INFLORESCENCE solitary, subtended by a fully developed foliage leaf; peduncle slightly compressed-terete, 2.5-10 x 0.2-0.35 cm; spathe broadly cone-shaped to ellipsoid, truncate basally at insertion on petiole, apex briefly to rather long-beaked, 5-12 x 2-4 cm, thinly fleshy, greenish yellow, caducous, drying pale brown, falling leaving a thin scar; spadix cylindrical, sessile, inserted level on peduncle, 2-7 x 0.7-1.2 cm, obtuse, white to yellow; stylar region rounded-rhombohexagonal, 0.9-1.1 x 0.9-1.1 mm, slightly blunt-conical; stigma punctiform, c. 0.3 mm diam., rather prominent in dried material; anthers slightly exserted at male anthesis; INFRUCTESCENCE not observed.
Rain forests, sometimes on coralline limestone.
Stylar region conical. Primary lateral veins drying much paler than abaxial leaf lamina. Indonesian Papua (Kepala Burung & Mimika Prov.), Papua New Guinea (Muyua, New Britain).
Indonesian Papua (Kepala Burung and Mimika Prov.), Papua New Guinea (Muyua, New Britain).

Native to:

Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea

Rhaphidophora conica Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 1: 181 (1880)

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.

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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