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This species is accepted, and its native range is Assam to S. China and Indo-China.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[CATE]

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

Vernacular
shi zi wei
General Description
Lianas. Stem thick, rectangular in cross section; branches pendulous, 5–10 mm in diam.; internodes 1–4cm, rooting; internodes of juvenile branches elongated to 6–8cm, often producing aerial roots opposite to petiole. Petiole 5–10cm, sheathing to pulvinus; pulvinus conspicuous, 4–10mm; leaf blade pale green abaxially, green adaxially, usually falcate-elliptic, sometimes oblong-lanceolate, or oblanceolate, 20–35 × 5–6(–14)cm, base narrowly cuneate to minutely truncate, apex long acuminate; lateral veins many (but in fresh material almost invisible), diverging at 45° from midrib; juvenile stems with leaf blade obliquely elliptic, base narrowly cuneate on one side, rounded on other side, apex acute. Inflorescences terminal or appearing axillary; peduncle cylindric, 4–5cm, apex ca. 10mm in diam. Spathe early caducous, green to light yellow, ovate, 6–9cm, involute, apex acuminate. Spadix pale green or light yellow, cylindric, 5–8 × 1.5–3cm. Ovary hexagonal-cylindric, ca. 4 × 2mm, apex truncate; stigma black, capitate. Fruit yellow-green.
Phenology
Fl. Apr–Aug.
Habitat
Valley rain forests, evergreen forests, on trees or stone walls.

[CATE]
Use
The plant is used medicinally for treating traumatic injuries, fractures, lumbago, rheumatism, and fevers.

Native to:

Assam, Bangladesh, China South-Central, China Southeast, Hainan, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Rhaphidophora hongkongensis Schott appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Boyce, P.C. [1178], Vietnam 63241.006
Champion, J.G. [525], Hong Kong K000499208 Unknown type material

First published in Bonplandia (Hannover) 5: 44 (1857)

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.
  • Sasikala, K., Vajravelu, E. & Daniel, P. (2019). Fascicles of Flora of India 29: 1-357. Botanical Survey of India, New Delhi.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Literature

CATE Araceae

  • Hen(g) Li, Guang Hua Zhu, Boyce, P.C., Murata, J., Hetterscheid, W.L.A., Bogner, J. & Jacobsen, N. 2010. Araceae in Flora of China @ efloras.org.

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Sasikala, K., Vajravelu, E. & Daniel, P. (2019). Fascicles of Flora of India 29: 1-357. Botanical Survey of India, New Delhi.
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

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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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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