African Plant Database

Culcasia saxatilis A. Chev.
Family : ARACEAE
Protologue : J. Bot. 22: 133 (1909) 
Information on the genus : Culcasia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Culcasia scandens auct. plur., non P.Beauv.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Herb often semi-erect to 1,2 m tall, profusely branched; aerial roots few or absent from the upper internodes; leaf petiole 3-7 cm long, 3/4 sheathed; blade broadly ovate to elliptic, 10-20x3-10 cm, base shortly cuneate, apex acuminate, venation rather prominent, reticulate (on dry specimens); peduncles 2-3; spathe 3-4 cm long, very variable in colour; spadix well exserted, also very variable in colour; berries 1,2x0,8 cm, medium green when immature, becoming red, orange.
Ecology : Riverine forest; river banks above flood-level, occasional; swamp; marsh; secondary forest, sandy soil; banks of seasonal stream in savanna; thicket by dam; fringing woodland; moist places; on rocks; transitional forest with Uapaca, Antidesma, Garcinia, Pterocarpus, Erythrophleum; sometimes gregarious or locally abundant; farms; 0-650 m alt.
  “The most widespread species that has been confused with C. scandens”, represented in herbaria by a large number of specimens (Hepper in Kew Bull. 21: 319, 1967).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:31 (2012)
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