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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Piptospatha N.E.Br.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is W. Malesia.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    Thailand to Borneo.
    Tropical humid forest; rheophytes.
    Small to medium-sized rheophytes; petiole sheath with a long marcescent ligule; leaf blade apex with tubular mucro, fine venation parallel-pinnate; spathe blade falling or deliquescent after anthesis; flowers unisexual, perigone absent; anther thecae lacking horn- or needle-like projections. Differs from Schismatoglottis in lacking spathe constriction, long-ligulate petiole sheaths, spadix fertile almost to apex and hemiorthotropous to orthotropous ovules.
    General Description
    HABIT : small to medium-sized evergreen herbs, stem erect or decumbent. LEAVES : several. PETIOLE : sheath short with long, marcescent ligule. BLADE : elongate-lanceolate to elliptic or oblanceolate, coriaceous, apex with tubular mucro; primary lateral veins pinnate, running into distinct marginal vein, secondary laterals and higher order venation parallel-pinnate. INFLORESCENCE : solitary, usually nodding. PEDUNCLE : subequal to or longer than petiole. SPATHE : stoutly ellipsoid, not constricted, often pink, lower part persistent and cup-like, upper part slightly gaping at anthesis, caducous or deliquescent, cuspidate to acuminate. SPADIX : sessile with ± oblique insertion, sometimes with sterile female flowers at extreme base, female zone cylindric, shorter and contiguous with male, or separated by a short zone of sterile male flowers, male zone cylindric, equal in thickness to female, obtuse, fertile to apex or with a few sterile terminal flowers. FLOWERS : unisexual, perigone absent. MALE FLOWER : 1-2-androus, stamens free, compressed, anthers truncate, connective ± flat or expanded apically or with conical beak ( P. insignis), overtopping thecae, thecae oblong-ellipsoid, dehiscing by apical pore. POLLEN : inaperturate, ellipsoid, small to medium-sized (mean 25 µm.), exine psilate. STERILE MALE FLOWERS : apparently composed of a single truncate, subclavate, prismatic staminode. FEMALE FLOWER : gynoecium free or cohering to neighbouring ones, ovary 1-locular, ovules many, hemiorthotropous to almost orthotropous and erect, funicle long, placentae 2-4, parietal or parietal and basal, stigma sessile, as broad as ovary, contiguous with adjacent ones. BERRY : obovoid, green. SEED : elongate-ellipsoid to cylindric, with long, curved micropylar appendage, testa slightly costate, embryo elongate, endosperm copious.



    Native to:

    Borneo, Malaya, Sumatera

    Accepted Species

    Other Data

    Piptospatha N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jacobs, M. [5005] 31827.000
    Boyce, P.C. [1085], Malaysia 59782.000


    First published in Gard. Chron., n.s., 11: 138 (1879)

    Accepted by

    • Boyce, P.C. & Wong, S.Y. (2012). The Araceae of Indomalaya II: Piptospatha N.E.Br. Malayan Nature Journal 64: 9-32.
    • 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
    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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