African Plant Database

Remusatia vivipara (Roxb.) Schott
Family : ARACEAE
Protologue : Melet. Bot. 1: 18 (1832)
Information on the genus : Remusatia
Basionym : Arum viviparum Roxb.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Arum viviparum Roxb.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Ditinna rupicola A. Chev. (1920)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Seasonally dormant, rupicolous or epiphytic herb; tuber subglobose 2-4 cm Ø; bulbils ovoid, 0,4-0,5 cm long, green, covered in numerous tightly-overlapping glume-like scales with aristate recurved tips, borne in clusters at nodes of several erect aerial stolons, i.e., copper-coloured sympodial axes, each c. 20 cm long, 0,5 cm Ø; leaves 1-2, fleshy; petiole green, 30-40 cm long; blade peltate, ovate-cordate, 20-30x14-19 cm or larger, apex acuminate, base with parabolic sinus c. 3 cm long; inflorescence with peduncle 9-12 cm long, rarely seen; spathe 7-11 cm long; tube ovoid, 2-4,5 cm long, 1 cm Ø, green, strongly constricted at apex; limb subcircular to broadly spathulate, 6-9x5-6,5 cm, creamy-yellow, reflexed at maturity; spadix 3-4,5 cm long, male zone clavate; berries ovoid, enclosed by spathe [described on Indian flowering material]. Flowers appearing during leafless stage.
Ecology : Madagascar; Oman (Dhofar), Yemen (Thulin & al., Biol. Skr. 54: 141, 2001), Socotra; S Asia, China (Yunnan), Java, N Australia; Pacific Isl. ? (map in Syst. Biol. 53: 424, 2004).
  Rare in Africa and no flowering material known, perhaps due to undercollection; doubtfully spontaneous in Africa. Only 4 localities known in Zaire outside Haut-Katanga. Dispersal by bulbils (epizoochore).
Biol./Eco : Herb; Humid, Dry; Forest; 0-499 m, 500-999 m; distribution: Africa. Asia,
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under chg
see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
carte afrique num 33595
Record n°33595
Feedback about this record