African Plant Database

Gonatopus boivinii (Decne.) Engl.
Family : ARACEAE
Information on the genus : Gonatopus
Basionym : Zamioculcas boivinii Decne.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Gonatopus boivinii var. lanceolatus Peter
 Zamioculcas boivinii Decne. (1871)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb; tuber globose, 5-10 cm ; shoot subtended by several cream, purple-flecked cataphylls; leaf to 1,6 m tall; petiole terete, 25-75 cm long, 0,5-1,5 cm , often transversely blotched purplish-green; blade 3-pinnate, spreading, to c. 70 cm wide, ultimate lobes ovate to elliptic, 2-14x0,8-7 cm, acuminate, base subacute to obtuse; inflorescences 1-5, appearing just before emergence of leaf; peduncle 30-75 cm long, to 1 cm , greenish to cream with grey or purplish mottling; spathe 10-21 cm long; tube cylindric, constricted slightly at apex, 1,5-3x1,4-2,3 cm , outer surface greenish-yellow, lined and speckled maroon or purple; limb oblong, 9,5-19x2,5-4,5 cm, long-cuspidate; spadix 8-15 cm long; berries somewhat compressed laterally, obovoid, c. 1,3x1,4 cm.
Ecology : Open forest with Kirkia acuminata on rocky slope; open forest on macigno and schist on slope; rain-forest; Brachystegia woodland; Chlorophora, Albizia woodland; Combretum, Acacia wooded grassland; in light shade; 0-1300 m alt.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Geophyte- Ht 0.45 - 1.5 m. Alt: 30 - 120 m. Distribution: KN
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Record n°33419
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