1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Anchomanes Schott

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.


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

    Tropical humid forests, savannas ( A. welwitschii), near swamp ( A. boehmii); geophytes, in leaf litter between rocks or on forest floor, seasonally dormant.
    Geophytic, usually robust herb with a solitary dracontioid leaf; petiole usually prickled; ultimate leaf lobes trapezoid, truncate or shallowly bifid, veins not forming regular submarginal collective vein on each side; flowers unisexual, perigone absent. Differs from Pseudohydrosme in having a long peduncle and a 1-locular ovary.
    Trop. Africa.
    General Description
    HABIT : herbs, often very robust, tuber small to gigantic, erect or grossly rhizomatous, seasonally dormant. LEAF : solitary, often gigantic. PETIOLE : very long, terete, aculeate, rarely smooth, sheath very short. BLADE : sagittate when juvenile, becoming trisect at maturity, primary divisions each further divided ± dichotomously or pinnately, secondary divisions irregularly pinnatifid, ultimate lobes very variable in size and shape, distal ones larger, trapezoid, apically broader, truncate or shallowly bifid, decurrent to sessile, proximal lobes ovate and acuminate; primary lateral veins of ultimate lobes pinnate, long-arcuate, mostly running into margin, sometimes forming irregular submarginal collective vein, higher order venation reticulate. INFLORESCENCE : solitary, usually appearing before leaf. PEDUNCLE : aculeate, rarely smooth, shorter than petiole. SPATHE : erect, broadly ovate to narrowly oblong-lanceolate or oblong-elliptic, boat-shaped, not constricted, convolute basally or not at all, apex sometimes fornicate, marcescent. SPADIX : much shorter or subequal to spathe, cylindric, female zone subequal to male zone or much shorter, male zone contiguous with female, fertile to apex. FLOWERS : unisexual, perigone absent. MALE FLOWER : anthers sessile, compressed, connective slender below, thickened and dilated apically, thecae ovate-oblong, opposite, dehiscing by apical slit. POLLEN : extruded in strands, inaperturate, ellipsoid to ellipsoid-oblong, large (mean 64 µm., range 37-94 µm.), exine psilate or obscurely verruculate, very thin. FEMALE FLOWER : ovary 1-locular, ovule 1, erect, anatropous, funicle very short, placenta basal, style shortly conic or absent, sometimes strongly deflexed towards spadix base, stigma either 2-lobed and reniform to V-shaped or discoid or depressed-globose. BERRY : large, oblong-ellipsoid, fleshy, borne in cylindric spike, red, purplish or partly white. SEED : obovoid to oblong-ovoid, testa very thin, smooth, transparent, embryo large, green, endosperm absent.

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

    Large acaulescent herbs with often massive, obliquely creeping or vertically growing tubers, seasonally dying back and dormant
    Juvenile leaves entire, sagittate-hastate or ± completely divided by narrow fissures into 3 obtriangular main segments Mature leaf with petiole erect, cylindric, not pulvinate apically, usually covered with short prickles; blade divided into 3 main segments, each segment further much divided pinnately and dichotomously into numerous lanceolate to trapezoid lobes, ultimate lobes trapezoid, apex truncate to broadly bifid with acuminate tips, decurrent; venation reticulate Leaves solitary, subtended by several basal cataphylls
    Spathe longer than spadix, erect, boat-shaped, not convolute, acuminate Spadix with pistillate basal part contiguous with apical staminate part, fertile to apex Inflorescences solitary, produced before or with leaves; peduncle shorter than petiole, usually prickly (smooth in A. boehmii)
    Flowers unisexual, without perigon
    Stamens subsessile; anthers lateral, dehiscing by oblique subapical slits and overtopped by thick truncate connective, or dehiscing by apical pores
    Ovary unilocular, the single ovule borne on basal placenta; style shortly conic or lacking, sometimes deflexed sharply towards spadix base; stigma bilabiate and V-shaped, discoid or depressed-globose
    Berries large, oblong-ellipsoid, fleshy, borne in cylindric spike, 1-seeded
    Seed large, obovoid, without endosperm; testa thin.



    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Anchomanes Schott appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 1, 2001 Sidwell, K. [348], Cameroon K000107703
    Jun 1, 2001 Biye, E. [28], Cameroon K000107681
    Jun 1, 2001 Barlow, L. [5], Cameroon K000107682
    Jun 1, 1997 Cable, S. [2428], Cameroon K000107763
    Apr 1, 1996 Sebsebe [4985], Cameroon K000107759
    Apr 1, 1996 Sebsebe [4985], Cameroon K000107760
    Jan 1, 1995 Thomas, D.W. [9166], Cameroon K000461202
    Jan 1, 1995 Cable, S. [1331], Cameroon K000461203
    Jan 1, 1995 Khayota, B. [471], Cameroon K000461197
    Jan 1, 1995 Lighava, M. [46], Cameroon K000461204
    Jan 1, 1995 Ndam, N. [728], Cameroon K000461205
    Drummond, R.B. [1951], Tanzania 16878.000
    Dalziel, J.M. [8196], Cameroon 16876.000
    Faulkner, H. [878], Tanzania 21976.000
    Cable, S. [2121], Cameroon K000461201
    Cable, S. [1993], Cameroon K000461198

    First published in Oesterr. Bot. Wochenbl. 3: 314 (1853)

    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.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.


    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • F.T.A. 8: 161.
    • in Oest. Bot. Wochenbl. 3: 313 (1853)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Engl. in E.P. 48 (IV. 23C): 51 (1911)
    • N.E. Br. in F.T.A. 8: 161 (1901)
    • in Oest. Bot. Wochenbl. 3: 314 (1853)


    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.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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