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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Syria, Lebanon to Jordan.
Arum palaestinum (O. Polunin), Lebanon

[CATE]

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

Distribution
Syria, Lebanon, Israel, ? Jordan (Sterile material at K).
Phenology
Flowering March to May.
General Description
Tuberous herb sprouting in autumn from a discoid, vertically, rarely horizontally, orientated tuber 4.5-8 cm across, 2-2.5 cm thick. Petiole terete, 15-21 cm long, 3-7 mm wide, dark to mid-green, often stained purple to ½ way up. Leaf- blade sagittate to oblong-sagittate, apex acute to subacute, 15-36 cm long, 10-25 cm wide, deep green. INFLORESCENCE either smelling of fermenting apples or weakly of dung and carrion, rarely scentless. Peduncle shorter than to just exceeding the leaves, terete, 8-27.5 cm long, 4-6 mm wide, pale to mid-green, often stained purple for c. ? of its length. Spathe 9-23 cm long; spathe-tube oblong-cylindric, 2.5-5 cm long, 1.5-3 cm wide, weakly constricted above, exterior greenish to pale brown, interior purple above, greenish white below; spathe-limb lanceolate, 6.5-23 cm long, 3.5-9 cm wide, erect on unfurling, ± reflexed at maturity, acuminate, externally pale green to pale greenish brown, with slight purple staining, internally deep uniform purple , the apex occasionally mid-green. Spadix c. ½ as long to subequal to the spathe-limb , 9.5-17 cm in total length; appendix fusiform-cylindric, obscurely stipitate, 7-19 cm long, 4-7 mm wide, black-purple. Staminodes in 1 or 2 whorls, forming a zone 1.5-3 mm long; bristles subulate, stiff , 9-11 mm long, deep purple; bases bulbiform, verruculose, purple. Interstices: upper 2-2.5 mm long, longitudinally ridged, purple; lower ± absent. Staminate flowers in a roughly oblong zone 9-13 mm long, 7-10 mm wide; anthers and connectives dark purple. Pistillodes in 2-5 whorls forming a zone 2.5-4 mm long; bristles subulate, stiff , 6-7 mm long, deep purple; bases bulbiform, verruculose, purple. Pistillate flowers in a cylindric cluster 11-14 mm long, 7-11 mm wide; ovaries oblong, 1.5-2 mm long, pale green stained with purple apically; stigma purple. Fruiting spike oblong-cylindric, 3-5 cm long, 2-3 cm wide; berries oblong, 4-11 mm long, 3.5-5 mm wide. Germination epigeal.
Habitat
Open hillsides, fallow fields, field margins, waste places. On limestone-derived terra rossa and calcareous rocks, alluvial soils and soils derived from Eocene and basalt rocks.
Diagnostic
Spathe-tube relatively open; spathe-limb interior deep uniform purple . Spadix-appendix stout, shortly stipitate. Inflorescence typically smelling of fermenting fruit. (allied to Arum dioscoridis)

Native to:

Lebanon-Syria, Palestine

Introduced into:

California

Arum palaestinum Boiss. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 1, 1982 Davies, P.H. [8663], Jordan K000286080
16890.000
s.coll. [s.n.], Israel 29047.675
Al-Eisawi, D. [3524], Jordan K000286078
Meyers, F.S. [2662], Jordan K000286081
Al-Eisawi, D. [7819], Jordan K000286079
s.coll. [s.n.], Israel K000950265 Unknown type material

First published in Diagn. Pl. Orient. 13: 6 (1854)

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.

Literature

CATE Araceae

  • Boyce, P.C. 1993. The Genus Arum. 196 pp.

Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
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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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