Anchomanes Schott

Description of the genus

Robust perennial herbs, often very large and with large tubers. Leaves solitary, often gigantic. Petiole erect, usually prickly. Leaf lamina sagittate when young, becoming trisect when mature; primary divisions subdivided dichotomously or pinnately; secondary divisions irregularly pinnatifid; ultimate lobes very variable in size and shape but at least some are truncate and trapezoid. Inflorescence solitary, usually appearing before the leaf. Peduncle with short prickles. Spathe boat-shaped, longer than or subequal to the spadix, the apex sometimes arched over. Spadix cylindric, with male and female zones contiguous. Flowers unisexual. Fruits large fleshy berries, red, purplish or partly white, arranged in a cylindric spike.

Worldwide: 7-8 species, occurring in tropical Africa

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Anchomanes difformis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
difformis (Blume) Engl.N,WNw,Lp,NDescription, Image

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Anchomanes
Flora of Mozambique: Anchomanes

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Anchomanes
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Anchomanes
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Anchomanes
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Anchomanes
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iNaturalist: Anchomanes
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Anchomanes
JSTOR Plant Science: Anchomanes
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Anchomanes
Plants of the World Online: Anchomanes
Tropicos: Anchomanes
Wikipedia: Anchomanes

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Anchomanes., retrieved 20 April 2024

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