African Plant Database

Rhaphidophora africana N.E. Br.
Family : ARACEAE
Protologue : Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 286 (1897)
Information on the genus : Rhaphidophora
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Afrorhaphidophora africana (N.E. Br.) Engl.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Rhaphidophora ovoidea A. Chev. (1909)
=*Rhaphidophora pusilla auct. A.Chev., non N.E.Br.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Climbing, lianescent herb, to 12 m height, becoming an epiphyte; stem closely adpressed to support, with large persistent “petioles” (= ripped sheathing petiole bases); leaf petiole 8-27 cm long; blade oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate, 16-36x5-12,5 cm, apex acuminate, base cuneate to subacute; inflorescences 1-4 near shoot tip, in pendent clusters; peduncle 12 cm long; spathe thick, fleshy, cylindric, with conic beaked tip, 8-10 cm long, 1,7-2,3 cm Ø, green, becoming creamy-white; spadix subcylindric, 6-8,5 cm long, 1,5-2 cm Ø, white; fruit unknown ?
Ecology : Humid and riverine forest; on trunk of Cyathea manniana or of Uapaca heudelotii; swamp forest; Gilbertiodendron dewevrei forest; 1-1300 m alt.
  Resembling Cercestis camerunensis.
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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under Fgui
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 33596
Record n°33596 modified 2007-04-02
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