African Plant Database

Culcasia orientalis Mayo
Family : ARACEAE
Information on the genus : Culcasia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Climbing or ground-creeping herb; stems tuberculate, with short clasping roots at and below nodes; leaf petiole 6,5-10,5 cm long, with sheath > half of its length; blade obliquely ovate to elliptic, 8-18x4-9 cm, shortly acuminate to cuspidate, base rounded or subacute, with pellucid glands as dots or lines; primary lateral veins usually anastomosing to form looping inframarginal veins; inflorescences 4-8 (2-3 in Zanzibar, Pemba) in each sympodium; spathe slightly constricted centrally, green; spadix ± equal to spathe, naked basal stipe 0,2-0,7 cm long, 0,25 cm Ø; mature infrutescence usually with less than 4 berries, these obovoid-ellipsoid, 0,8-1,1x0,6-0,7 cm, glossy red.
Ecology : Riverine-, swampy- ,secondary-, semi-deciduous forests; 0-750 m alt.
  Resembling C. falcifolia. Has been confused with C. scandens.
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Record n°33562
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