THE ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF THE ARACEAE AND THEIR ROLE IN ECOSYSTEMS 

THE ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF THE ARACEAE AND THEIR ROLE IN ECOSYSTEMS 

Members of the Araceae are of major economic importance, mostly in tropical countries. They are used as food crops, ornamental plants and medicinal plants and may even be used in mystic or ritual ceremonies.  The family is also important in ecological terms, occupying a wide range of niches in rainforest and other vegetation types. Because …

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THE NUMBER OF GENERA OF ARACEAE IN INDONESIA AND THE WORLD

In the last decade a lot of work has been devoted to the genera of Araceae. The number of new genera erected since Mayo et al. (1997) mentioned 105 published genera has risen to 118 published genera and approximately 3500 published species (Boyce & Croat 2011, Boyce & Wong 2012, Nauheimer & Boyce 2013). This …

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Amorphophallus prainii Hook. f. 

Amorphophallus prainii Hook. f. 

Protologue: Fl. Brit. Ind. 6 (1893): 516  Synonyms:  Amorphophallus bintangensis Ipor, Tawan & Meekiong: Amorphophallus loerzingii Alderw.; Amorphophallus panomensis Gagnep.  Description:  Tuber depressed-globose, 4-25 cm in diam., 2.5-15 cm high, dark brown outside, orangeish inside, rootscars annuliform thickened, tuber multiplying by gradual off setting or splitting. Leaf solitary, occasionally paired. Petiole smooth, rarely slightly rugulose …

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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson 

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson 

Protologue: Taxon 26 (1977): 338  Synonym:  Amorphophallus campanulatus Decne; Amorphophallus campanulatus var blumei Prain; Amorphophallus campanulatus f. Darnleyensis F.M. Bailey; Amorphophallus decurrens (Blanco) Kunth; Amorphophallus malaccensis Ridl.; Amorphophallus paeoniifolius var. campanulatus (Decne.) Sivad.; Amorphophallus rex Prain; Amorphophallus rex Prain ex Hook. f.; Amorphophallus sativus Blume; Amorphophallus virosus N.E. Br.; Arum campanulatum Roxb. [illegitimate]; Arum decurrens …

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Amorphophallus spectabilis (Miq.) Engl. 

Amorphophallus spectabilis (Miq.) Engl. 

Protologue: in A. & C. DC., Monogr. phan. 2 (1879): 316 Synonym: Conophallus spectabilis Miq. Description: Tuber to 20 cm in diam. Leaf solitary. Petiole nearly smooth, dark green with grey and brown spots, 100-150 cm long. Lamina 100-150 cm in diam., rachises distally narrowly winged, proximally unwinged. Leaflets narrowly elongate elliptic to elongate elliptic, …

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