African Plant Database

Amorphophallus dracontioides (Engl.) N.E. Br.
Family : ARACEAE
Information on the genus : Amorphophallus
Basionym : Hydrosme dracontioides Engl.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hydrosme dracontioides Engl. (1892)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tuber flattened above, 10-25x5-15 cm; leaf to 1,2 m long, produced after inflorescence; petiole 0,4-1 m long; 1-2 cm Ø, base with purple dots; blade 0,5-1,1 m Ø, rachis winged, leaf-lobes, 9-30x0,5-3 cm; inflorescence with peduncle 5-30x1-2 cm Ø, purple to green or with green dots; spathe 10-45 cm, broad ovate, hooded, pale outside, reddish-purple with yellowish streaks inside; spadix 5-17 cm long; berries oblong to ovoid, 1-1,5x0,8 cm, orange to red.
Ecology : Seasonally wet grassland; savanna with Mitragyna inermis, Acacia sieberiana or with Isoberlinia doka; rarely on inselbergs; dry savanna; 150-1350 m alt.
  The sap causes skin irritation; tubers eaten as famine food.
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carte afrique num 33335
Record n°33335
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