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  1. Family: Araceae Juss.
    1. Asterostigma Fisch. & C.A.Mey.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Brazil to NE. Argentina.


    CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

    General Description
    HABIT : seasonally dormant herbs. Stem tuberous, depressed-globose. LEAF : solitary, erect; PETIOLE : smooth, usually maculated in a marbled pattern, resembling snake skin, leaf sheath short and usually inconspicuous; LEAF BLADE : subcordate to cordate in outline, pinnatipartite, higher order venation reticulate. INFLORESCENCE : 1-4, rarely one of them aborted in a leafy structure, appearing before or with leaves, erect at anthesis, erect or pendant in fruit. PEDUNCLE : usually longer than half of petiole length, sometimes longer than the entire petiole. SPATHE : erect, convolute at base, not constricted to slightly constricted at middle. SPADIX : completely free or adnate to half of the female spadix, flowers congested to laxly flowered, male portion without a conspicuous sterile zone. FLOWERS : diclinous, perigone absent; male flowers in sessile to shortly pedicelled synandria 3-5-andric, thecae subglobose to globose, dehiscing by a transversal slit, connective flattened to convex; pollen grain inapertured, ellipsoid, psilate; female flowers surrounded by a row of 4-8 staminodes, usually flattened, free to connate; ovary ovoid to depressed-globose, 3-5 locular, locules uniovulated, ovules anatropous, funicles short, placentation axile to sub-basal, style often distinct, stigma conspicuously 2-5 lobed, usually star-shaped or cross-shaped, lobes entire to bifid at apex. INFRUCTESCENCE : with persistent spathe; berry moderately fleshy to spongy, 3-5 lobed, white to yellowish, usually with purple-speckled. SEED : ellipsoid to oblong, testasmooth, endosperm copious.
    Brazil to NE. Argentina.
    Tropical and subtropical humid forests; geophytes, forest floor.
    Medium-sized, seasonally dormant, tuberous geophytes; leaf blade with reticulate fine venation and no submarginal collective veins; flowers unisexual, perigone absent; spadix fertile to apex; stigmas star-shaped. Differs from Croatiella and Incarum in its anatropous ovules and pinnatisect leaf blades which are essentially tripartite with the three divisions each once-pinnate. Differs from Incarum in flat or convex central surface of the synandrium.



    Native to:

    Argentina Northeast, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Asterostigma Fisch. & C.A.Mey. appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Bull. Cl. Phys.-Math. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg 3: 148 (1845)

    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.


    CATE Araceae

    • Gonçalves, E.G.


    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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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.