Cyrtosperma hambalii

Cyrtosperma hambalii

Cyrtosperma is a Greek word which means ‘Curved seed’. This plant is native to Papua as its name suggests. Cyrtosperma hambalii is a strikingly elegant plant with its ‘rabbit’s ears’ leaves and slender perfectly erect inflorescence held high above them. The relatively long sheath, reaching a third of the length of the petiole is unusual …

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Amorphophallus manta Hett. & Ittenbach 

Amorphophallus manta Hett. & Ittenbach 

Protologue: Blumea 39 (1/2) (1994): 263  Synonym: –  Description:  Tuber subglobose, to c. 8 cm in diam., c. 7 cm high, no offset development. Leaf solitary. Lamina to c. 70 cm in diam., subpedate, the anterior main segment undivided, posterior segments with leaflets mainly on the acroscopic side of the rachises, rachises winged throughout, short. …

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Amorphophallus asper (Engl.) Engl. & Gehrm. 

Amorphophallus asper (Engl.) Engl. & Gehrm. 

  Protologue: Pflanzenr. 48 (IV.23C) (1911): 84  Synonym: Hydrosme aspera Engl.  Description:  Leaf solitary. Petiole c. 180 cm long, c. 4 cm in diam. background marbling shades of deep dark green and mid green, topped with white spots, scattered, oval to elongate-elliptec with tiny dots in the centre, with basal part somewhat sand-like. Lamina up to 100 …

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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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