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This species is accepted, and its native range is Maluku.


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

Cataphyll, prophyll and petiolar sheath fibres present. Primary lateral veins significantly more prominent than interprimaries. Stigma elongate to rounded, raised. Maluku (Ternate, Ceram - endemic) Similar to R. balgooyi, but readily distinguished by presence of cataphyll, prophyll and petiolar sheath fibres, in the significantly more prominent primary lateral leaf venation, the smaller spadix and the raised styles.
Maluku (Ceram, Ternate). Endemic.
General Description
Medium to large, moderately robust, leptocaul to semipachycaul homeophyllous liane to 8 m; seedling stage & pre-adult plants not observed; adult shoot architecture comprised of greatly elongated, clinging, physiognomically monopodial, leafy, non-flowering stems and long, moderately elaborated, free, sympodial, densely leafy, flowering stems pendent under their own weight; stems smooth, longitudinally rugulose when dry, climbing free stems terete in cross-section, with slight prophyll, cataphyll and petiolar sheath fibre, internodes 1-2 cm x 0.5-1 cm on adherent shoots, usually longer and slightly less stout on free shoots, separated by weakly defined, more-or-less straight leaf scars, older stems woody; flagellate foraging stems not observed; roots not observed; LEAVES spiro-distichous on adherent and free shoots; cataphylls and prophylls membranous, drying and degrading into modest fibrous masses; petiole deeply grooved adaxially, 7.5-26 x 0.4-1.5 cm, drying longitudinally weakly costate, apical geniculum strongly defined and drying slightly darker than the reset of the petiole; petiolar sheath very prominent, extending to and merging with the apical geniculum, lower part strongly sheathing the emerging leaf or inflorescence; lamina entire, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, slightly falcate very slightly oblique, 19-42 x 6-13 cm, coriaceous, base ovate-cuneate to acute, apex falcate, acute to acuminate, with a prominent apiculate tubule; midrib raised abaxially, slightly channelled adaxially; primary venation pinnate, slightly raised abaxially and adaxially; interprimaries parallel to primaries, considerably less prominent, very slightly raised abaxially and adaxially; secondary and tertiary venation reticulate; INFLORESCENCE solitary, subtended by a fully developed foliage leaf and moderate amounts of fibre; peduncle slightly compressed-cylindric, 5-9 x 0.4-0.5 cm; spathe canoe-shaped, stoutly very short-beaked, orange, 10-12 x 1.5-3 cm; spadix cylindrical, truncate basally, stipitate; stipe 6-10 x c. 2 mm; spadix inserted ± obliquely on stipe, 5-7.5 x 1-1.5 cm; stylar region mostly rhombohexagonal, 1-1.2 x 0.9-1.2 mm, truncate, minutely roughened; stigma slightly elongate to rounded, raised, c. 0.25-0.3 mm diam.; anthers exserted at anthesis; INFRUCTESCENCE not observed.

Native to:


Rhaphidophora ternatensis Alderw. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 3, 4: 194 (1922)

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 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 Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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