African Plant Database

Culcasia angolensis Welw. ex Schott
Family : ARACEAE
Protologue : J. Bot. 3: 35 (1865) 
Information on the genus : Culcasia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Culcasia angolensis var. angustifolia Engl.
=Culcasia barombensis N.E. Br. (1902)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Robust herbaceous climber (always) adhering to host tree by clasping roots, 0,5-30 m long; stem 0,5-1 cm Ø; leaf petiole 11-25 cm long; blade elliptic-oblong to ovate, 16-45x6,5-20 cm, ± asymmetrical, base cuneate or broadly rounded to truncate, lateral veins numerous, fine, but c. 10 pairs conspicuous, parallel bending to the leaf apex in upper part of blade; inflorescences terminal, paired or numerous in each sympodium; scape racemiform, 7-17 cm long; peduncle 3-11 cm long; spathe pale green or snow-white, 4,5-7 cm long, long apiculate; spadix yellow, clavate, apex rounded; bracts to 14 cm long, sometimes longer than peduncle and spathe together; berries globose, red, as big as a small pea.
Ecology : Secondary or half-deciduous forests; primitive damp shady woods occurring generally with Platycerium angolense, Asparagus and smaller epiphytic ferns (Angola); on Sterculia and Elaeis trunks; riparian forest, on Myrianthus libericus; rain-forest, on Ceiba pentandra; humid depression; 1-1400 m alt.
  Bioko/Fernando Poo, S. Tomé (Figueiredo & Smith in Bothalia 41: 46, 2011).
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Record n°33539 modified 2007-04-02
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