African Plant Database

Cercestis camerunensis (Ntépé-Nyamè) Bogner
Family : ARACEAE
Information on the genus : Cercestis
Basionym : Rhektophyllum camerunense Ntépé-Nyamè
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Rhektophyllum camerunense Ntépé-Nyamè
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb at first erect on stilt-roots to 50 cm tall with very short pseudostem, becoming creeping by a stolon produced at its apex and eventually bearing leafy shoots, finally climbing to 30 m height, rooting along the whole length; stems with pendulous roots; leaf petiole 0,6-1 m long; blade 0,35-1,5 m long, ovate, base truncate, becoming cordate, never variegated when young, becoming pinnately divided; inflorescences terminal, 6-15 in each floral sympodium, only on climbing stems usually higher than 3 m from ground level; bracts light green or violaceous; spathe 10-18 cm long, fleshy, yellowish-green; peduncle 18-25 cm long, when broken exuding a red sap; ovary pink; infrutescence 9-14 cm long, 6 cm Ø, with a persistent appendix c. 9 cm long.
Ecology : Rain-forest, evergreen forest on humid or swampy soils, and in open plots (Selbyana 23: 122, 2002); forest gallery; 10-1000 m alt.
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
carte afrique num 33525
Record n°33525
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