African Plant Database

Amorphophallus maximus (Engl.) N.E. Br.
Family : ARACEAE
Information on the genus : Amorphophallus
Basionym : Hydrosme maxima Engl.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Amorphophallus maximus (Engl.) N.E. Br. subsp. maximus
 Corynophallus maximus (Engl.) Kuntze (1891)
 Hydrosme maxima Engl. (1879)
Taxon infra-specific
Amorphophallus maximus (Engl.) N.E. Br. subsp. maximus
Amorphophallus maximus subsp. fischeri (Engl.) Ittenb. (2002)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tuber obliquely depressed, discoid, 5-10x10-25 cm; leaf produced after inflorescence, 0,4-2 m long; petiole 0,25-1 m long, 1-4 cm Ø, green or greyish-green with reddish or brown dots; blade 0,4-1,2 m Ø, terminal leaflets elongate, 10-19x1,5-2,5 cm; inflorescence to 2 m long; peduncle 0,2-1,3 m long, 2-5 cm Ø, greyish-green with numerous small elongate markings, glaucous; spathe 10-40x10-22 cm, with a strong constriction; tube long-ovate, 6-17x6-11 cm (subsp. maximus) or globose, 5-8x4-6 cm (subsp. fischeri) dull to greyish-purple outside, glaucous, with darker veins, inside chestnut brown to purple, and densely to sparsely verrucose towards base; limb open, ovate, acuminate, 12-23x8-22 cm, erect, chestnut brown to purple with raised veins, margins wavy; spadix 20-70 cm long; berries ovoid, 0,8-1x0,5-0,9 cm.
Ecology : Deciduous woodland, bushland; hill forest; rocky outcrops; often near rivers and lake margins; granit inselberg; cultivations (under Mango trees): 10-1500 m alt.
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carte afrique num 176424
Record n°176424
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