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Stylochaeton natalensis Schott
Family : ARACEAE
Protologue : Aroideae, 10. t. 14
Information on the genus : Stylochaeton
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Stylochaeton natalensis Schott subsp. natalensis
 Gueinzia natalensis Sond. ex Schott
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Stylochaeton gazensis Rendle (1911)
=Stylochaeton hennigii Engl.
=Stylochaeton tenuinervis Peter (1929)
Taxon infra-specific
Stylochaeton natalensis Schott subsp. natalensis
Stylochaeton natalensis subsp. maximus (Engl.) Bogner & Haigh
Stylochaeton natalensis subsp. obliquinervis (Peter) Bogner & Haigh
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb with vertical rhizome to 15 cm long, 0,5-1 cm Ø, with old cataphylls and petiole-bases persisting forming a conspicuous fibrous mass; roots numerous, stout, tuberous, to 35 cm long; leaves many; petiole 4-43 cm long, green, sometimes with purplish-green transverse markings at base but not transversely barred or ridged; sheath 3,5-18 cm long; blade very variable, oblong to triangular in outline: sagittate, hastate, cordate-sagittate, broadly cordate to truncate, 5-31x1,8-26 cm, glabrous, apex acute to acuminate or apiculate; basal lobes, if present, separated by broad sinus; inflorescences appearing with leaves; peduncle 2,5-13 cm long; spathe 4-23 cm long, greenish to yellowish or purplish outside with ribbed veins; tube erect, 2-9 cm long, subcylindric above 0,5-1,4 cm Ø, below ± inflated ovoid 1,3-2,5 cm long and 0,7-2 cm Ø; limb lanceolate, ± thickened, acute-acuminate, 1,8-3,5 cm long, erect or forward curving, yellow or purplish inside, margins revolute or not; spadix 1,4-8 cm long, shorter than tube; infrutescence ± cylindric, 4x3 cm.
Ecology : Open woodland; Brachystegia woodland; margins of open miombo woodland; wooded grassland; damp areas on arable land; seasonally waterlogged valleys; 0-1800 m alt.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb- Ht 0.1 - 0.4 m. Alt: 0 - 1600 m. Distribution: GA, KN, LP, MP

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Fl. Pl. Africa 42: t.1648 (1972).
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