African Plant Database

Amorphophallus aphyllus (Hook.) Hutch.
Family : ARACEAE
Information on the genus : Amorphophallus
Basionym : Arum aphyllum Hook.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Arum aphyllum Hook.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Amorphophallus leonensis Lem. (1846)
=Amorphophallus fontanesii Kunth (1841)
=Corynophallus afzelii Schott (1857)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Fleshy stemless erect herb; tuber globose, flattened, discoid, 2-6 cm ; leaf 0,5-1,1 m high, produced after inflorescence, with petiole 30-90 cm long, 1-2,5 cm , brown-purple at base, light green upwards; blade 30-80 cm , ultimate leaflets linear-lanceolate, 10-30x0,8-2 cm; inflorescence with peduncle 5-85 cm high, light green with whitish spots; spathe dark red-purple, 6-35x6-20 cm, open at top, slightly asymmetric; spadix 7-13x1,5-3,5 cm, ovoid to ellipsoid; appendix of spadix broadly ovoid, 3-5 cm at base; berries oblong, 1-1,5 cm long, orange.
Ecology : Savanna; humid places; flooded, clayey places; gravelly soils; degraded dense forests; dry forests; sometimes under isolated trees; wooded savanna; crevice in granitic slab in wooded savanna; sandy soils; 4-450 m alt.
  A spectacular plant worthy of cultivation (Burkill, l.c.). Tuber eaten, famine food.
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carte afrique num 33326
Record n°33326
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