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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Sumatera.

[CATE]

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

General Description
Robust homeophyllous liane to unknown ultimate height; seedling stage and pre-adult plants not observed; LEAVES: adult shoot comprised of greatly elongated, clinging, physiognomically monopodial, leaf, non-flowering stems and long, free, sympodial, leafy flowering shoots; stems smooth, subterete, internodes 1-6.5 x 0.7-1 cm, separated by weakly defined leaf scars; clasping roots c. 2 mm diam., minutely pubescent; feeding roots not observed; petiole narrowly but deeply channelled adaxially, 10-18 cm x c. 2 mm, basal and apical geniculi prominent; petiolar sheath rather prominent, extending 3.5-4 cm along petiole, soon falling to leave a prominent scar; lamina oblanceolate to narrowly oblong-elliptic, 15-30 x 5-6.5 cm, coriaceous and rather distinctly discolorous in dried material, apex acute to very briefly attenuate, base briefly decurrent; midrib prominently raised abaxially, slightly raised adaxially; primary lateral veins very faint, barely discernible; peduncle slightly compressed cylindrical, 2.5--3 x 0.25 cm; INFLORESCENCE: spathe ovate-boat-shaped, 4.5-6 x 2-2.5 cm, apex attenuate, falling at anthesis; spadix sessile, cylindrical, 4-4.5 x c. 1 cm; stylar region c. 1.25 x 2 mm, stigma ± ovoid, 1 mm diam, ± flush with the style, the middle excavated, the edges prominently raised; anthers barely exserted at anthesis; INFRUCTESCENCE unknown.
Distribution
Sumatera. Endemic.
Diagnostic
Leaf lamina notably coriaceous. Stigmas c. 1mm diam., the middle excavated, the edges prominently raised. Sumatera (endemic) Close to R. montana but differing by shorter (4.5-6 cm vs. 9-20 cm) cylindrical spadix and the large (1 mm diam.) deeply excavated stigma.

Native to:

Sumatera

Rhaphidophora megastigma Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 1: 180 (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.

Literature

CATE Araceae

  • P.C. Boyce 2000. The Genus Rhaphidophora Hassk. (Araceae-Monsteroideae-Monstereae) in the Southern and Western Indonesian Archipelago Gardens Bulletin Singapore. 52: 101-183

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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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/
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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