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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Peninsula Thailand to N. Peninsula Malaysia.

[CATE]

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

Distribution
Peninsular Malaysia (Penang) and southern Thailand.
Diagnostic
Recognized as distinct, despite the dearth of material and information, due to the falcate, stiffly coriaceous leaves, unique in the genus.
General Description
Medium, slender, leptocaul homeophyllous liane(?) to unknown ultimate height; seedling, pre-adult plants and adult shoot; LEAVES: stems smooth, terete, without prophyll, cataphyll and petiolar sheath fibre, internodes 1-2 x 0.5-0.7 cm, separated by rather well-defined, slightly oblique leaf scars, older stems woody; flagellate foraging stems not observed; roots sparsely arising from the nodes and internodes of stems, densely pubescent; cataphylls and prophylls very quickly drying and falling; petiole adaxially basally canaliculate, otherwise grooved, 11-19 x 0.2-0.5 cm, smooth, apical genicula very prominent, basal geniculum poorly defined; petiolar sheath very prominent basally, extending c.c. 1/2 way along the petiole, swiftly drying and but seemingly persistent; lamina entire, lanceolate-falcate, very slightly oblique, 16-20 x 2-2.5 cm, stiffly coriaceous, base acute to cuneate, apex acute, with a prominent apiculate tubule; mid-rib prominently raised abaxially, slightly sunken adaxially; primary venation densely pinnate, slightly raised abaxially and adaxially; interprimaries parallel to primaries and hardly less prominent, slightly raised abaxially and adaxially; secondary and tertiary venation reticulate to sub-tessellate in dried specimens; INFLORESCENCE solitary (always?), subtended by a fully developed foliage; peduncle and spathe not observed; spadix cylindrical, sessile, inserted ± level on peduncle, c.c. 2.5 x 1.3 cm; stylar region, rounded, 1.5-1.7 x 1.6-2 mm, truncate; stigma punctiform, raised, c.c. 0.7 x 0.8 mm diam.; anthers not observed; INFRUCTESCENCE not observed.

Native to:

Malaya, Thailand

Rhaphidophora falcata Ridl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in J. Straits Branch Roy. Asiat. Soc. 44: 198 (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.
  • Mansor, M., Boyce, P.C., Othman, A.S. & Sulaiman, B. (2012). The Araceae of peninsular Malaysia: 1-146. Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Literature

CATE Araceae

  • P.C. Boyce 1999. The Genus Rhaphidophora Hassk. (Araceae-Monsteroideae-Monstereae) in Peninsular Malaysia, and Singapore Gardens Bulletin Singapore. 51: 183-256

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Boyce, P.C., Sookchaloem, D., Hetterscheid, W.L.A., Gusman, G., Jacobsen, N., Idei, T. & Nguyen, V.D. (2012). Flora of Thailand 11(2): 101-325. The Forest Herbarium, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok.

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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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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 2021. 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