723.000 Amorphophallus Blume ex Decne.

Description of the genus

Acaulescent, tuberous, terrestrial herbs. Leaf usually 1, subtended by basal cataphylls, often spotted; lamina 3-partite, each major segment highly divided ± pinnately or irregularly. Inflorescence produced before the leaves (in ours); peduncle shorter than petiole. Spathe with a convolute basal portion; upper portion ± expanded with undulate margin. Spadix with female flowers at base, male flowers in central portion and with a ± smooth sterile apex. Flowers unisexual, without perianth segments, densely congested. Stamens free or filaments connate in groups of 2-3. Ovary 2(-4)-locular. Berries borne in a cylindric spike.

Comment: Zambia: 3 taxa

Worldwide: 196 species in the Old World tropics. 35 native species in Africa.

Zambia: 3 taxa.

Amorphophallus maximus subsp. fischeri

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
abyssinicus (A. Rich.) N.E. Br. subsp. unyikae (Engl. & Gehrm.) Ittenb.[LR-lc]B,N,W,C,E,SNw,Cb,Mc,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
mossambicensis (Schott) N.E. Br.SLk,SDescription, Image
richardsiae Ittenb.NN

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Flora of Caprivi: Amorphophallus
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Flora of Malawi: Amorphophallus
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Amorphophallus
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Tropicos: Amorphophallus
Wikipedia: Amorphophallus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Amorphophallus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=301, retrieved 11 December 2023

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