African Plant Database

Amorphophallus mossambicensis (Schott ex Garcke) N.E. Br.
Family : ARACEAE
Protologue : Oliver, F.T.A. 8: 150 (1901)
Information on the genus : Amorphophallus
Basionym : Hydrosme mossambicensis Schott ex Garcke
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hydrosme mossambicensis Schott ex Garcke
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Amorphophallus congoensis A. D. Hawkes (1951)
=Amorphophallus linearilobus Peter (1929)
=Amorphophallus swynnertonii Rendle (1911)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tuber flattened-globose; leaf 40-70 cm long; petiole 25-40 cm long; blade 30-60 cm Ø, rachis broadly winged, terminal leaflets broadly elliptic to elongate, 7-10x2-3 cm; inflorescence produced before leaf, to 60 cm long; peduncle 12-28 cm long; spathe 15-28 cm long; tube cylindrical, 4-8x2-4 cm, probably green-purple to purple outside with small darker spots, ribbed inside; limb erect, elongate-triangular, 10-20 cm long, greenish-purple to purple on both surfaces, dark purple toward margin which is undulate to frilly lobed; spadix sessile, 19-28 cm long, as long as spathe; infrutescence unknown.
Ecology : Wooded savanna with Brachystegia, Julbernardia, Terminalia mollis,T. sericea, Oldfieldia pericopsis, Combretum spp., miombo woodland in sandy soils; sand with mud; bushland; 100-1350 m alt.
  Similar to A. abyssinicus (and sometimes synonymyzed with it), but with interrupted irregular ribs at base of spathe tube inside, and different pollen morphology (exine smooth, not verrucose). Near A. richardsiae but ovary not divided.
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carte afrique num 33379
Record n°33379
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