African Plant Database

Lasimorpha senegalensis Schott
Family : ARACEAE
Information on the genus : Lasimorpha
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Cyrtosperma senegalense (Schott) Engl.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Lasimorpha afzelii Schott
=Cyrtosperma afzelii (Schott) Engl. (1879)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial gigantic herb; rhizome thick, short; leaves large, several; petiole to > 2 m long, prickly, 6-angular, to 2 cm Ø; blade deeply cordate, sagittate, 32-45x12-30 cm, basal lobes lanceolate, acuminate forming a narrow sinus; inflorescence 1, peduncle to almost 4 m high, prickly; spathe thick, leathery, ovate, 20-45x8 cm, convolute basally, green outside, cream with long dull red-purple linear marking inside, persistent; spadix sessile, 8 cm long, 1,5 cm Ø; berries brownish-purple, red, ± globose, 1,5 cm long.
Ecology : Growing in clumps, forming large colonies; forest margins and adjacent savanna; swamp forest; swamps with Mitragyna stipulosa and Raphia; ravines; fresh or slightly brackish waters, stagnant or slightly running; along rivers; forest gallery; lagoon; 5-600 m alt.
  Ornamental. Leaves eaten as a vegetable.
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carte afrique num 33616
Record n°33616 modified 2007-04-02
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