Araceae Juss.

Zantedeschia albomaculata (Hook.) Baill.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Tanzania and S. Africa.


Araceae, S.J. Mayo. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

Morphology General Habit
Tuber ± depressed-globose, ± 7 cm. in diameter.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 20–40 cm. long, sheathed from base for about half total length; blade hastate-sagittate; median lobe oblong-lanceolate to ovate, 10–40 cm. long, 5–9 cm. broad, irregularly spotted with small, white-diaphanous, necrotic areas lacking green tissue; basal lobes 5–10 cm. long, truncate, rounded or subacute, widely spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence subequal to leaves; peduncle 15–30 cm. long, 0.5–1.2 cm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Spathe
Spathe 9–12 cm. long; tube obconic, 5 cm. long, 2–3.5 cm. in diameter, inner surface lemon to greenish yellow, Tanzanian material lacking dark basal patch; limb broadly ovate, long-acuminate, 4–8 cm. long, 5–8 cm. broad, lemon to greenish yellow on inner surface.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Spadix
Spadix 5–6.5 cm. long, with naked basal stipe 0.5–0.8 cm. long; staminate part cylindric, subequal to pistillate part, 2–2.8 cm. long, 0.4 cm. in diameter; pistillate part cylindric, 2–2.5 cm. long, 0.8 cm. in diameter, lacking staminodes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 1 mm. long, 0.5 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Pistil with subglobose ovary 2–3.5 mm. in diameter, narrowing abruptly into a slender 1 mm. long style; stigmas capitate.
Fig. 9/1–8.


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

Nigeria, West Central, East and South Tropical Africa to South Africa.
General Description
LEAVES: petiole smooth, without bristles; blade of the leaf 6–18 in. long, 3–9 in. broad across the basal lobes, hastate or occasionally sagittate, with a wide open sinus, the part above the basal lobes very elongate-deltoid or elongate-oblong, acute or acuminate, more than twice as long as broad, green, with numerous elongated, semitransparent, white spots; INFLORESCENCE: Spathe 21/4–41/2 in. long; limb oblique, suberect, acuminate, milk-white, with a dark purple-brown blotch at the base inside; spadix shortly stipitate, scarcely half as long as the spathe, cylindric; ovaries with a sessile or subsessile stigma, pale greenish; staminodia none, or a few around the uppermost ovaries; anthers yellow.

Native to:

Angola, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Zantedeschia albomaculata (Hook.) Baill. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Paris 1: 254 (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.
  • Haigh, A. & Boyce, P.C. (2012). Flora Zambesiaca 12(1): 1-54. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


CATE Araceae

  • Brown, N.E. 1897. Aroideae Flora Capensis. 7: 32-41
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2008. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baill. in Bull. Soc. Linn. Paris 1: 254 (1880).
  • Cribb & Leedal, Mountain Fl. S. Tanzania: 171, t. 48B (1982).
  • Letty in Bothalia 11: 17, figs. 17–27, t. 5, 6 (1973).

  • Art and Illustrations in Digifolia

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  • 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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