African Plant Database


Amorphophallus goetzei (Engl.) N.E. Br.
Family : ARACEAE
Information on the genus : Amorphophallus
Basionym : Hydrosme goetzei Engl.
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hydrosme goetzei Engl. (1900)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Amorphophallus petitianus Malaisse & Bamps
=Amorphophallus anguineus Peter (1929)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tuber discoid-flattened globose, 2,5-7 cm high, 4-13 cm , without offsets; leaf with petiole 1-1,5 m long, c. 2,5 cm at base, pale green or with very faint purplish blotching or grey with brown spots; blade 1 m , ultimate lobes lanceolate to ovate, acuminate, 7-20x2-5 cm, dull green above, glossier beneath; inflorescence appearing before leaf, 25-100 cm long; peduncle 5-20 cm long, 0,5-1,5 cm , glossy green with small brown spots; spathe 10-38 cm long, tube broadly obconic, strongly constricted at apex, 4-12x3-8 cm, outer surface flesh-coloured with dull greenish circular spots overlain by numerous fine greenish or purplish-brown veins, inner surface reddish-purple and densely and transversely rugulose-verruculose; limb open, erect to oblique, 6-12 cm long, triangular, margins undulate, inside purplish, outside dark green to light purple; spadix sessile, 15-80 cm long; berries ovoid, 0,8-1 cm .
Ecology : Evergreen forest; woodland; on ? old termite mound in river valley; 125-1200 m alt.
  Confused with A. impressus and also A. mossambicensis.
  Tuber said to be very toxic.
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under Flora of Mozambique
 
Map
carte afrique num 33342
 
Record n°33342
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