Anchomanes difformis (Blume) Engl.

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Anchomanes difformis

Dec 2011.
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Anchomanes difformis

Unfolded Leaf;
Kapako; Oct 2007.
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Anchomanes difformis

Kabweluma; Oct 1997.
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Anchomanes difformis

Kundabikwa falls; Dec 2002.
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Anchomanes difformis

Lusaka SE, cultivated from seed collected Lutomfwa Dec 2002; Nov 2006.
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Synonyms: Amorphophallus difformis Blume
Anchomanes welwitschii Rendle
Common names: Kabaka-kachulu (Lunda)
Frequency: Occasional to locally frequent
Status: Native
Leaf large, the lamina up to 80 cm in diameter, solitary, trisect (thrice divided) at maturity, with each section further divided. Petiole prickly. Inflorescence single.
Type location:
Notes: Insect association: In common with many other aroids the flowers smell of putrefaction, attracting flesh flies (Family Sarcophagidae) to bring about pollination.
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Habitat: Forest margins, rock outcrops
Altitude range: 900 - 1400 m
Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Guineo-congolian and extending to Tanzania, northern Zambia and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,N
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Content last updated: Monday 28 July 2014

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012). Araceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(1) Pages 30 - 32.

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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: Species information: Anchomanes difformis., retrieved 24 February 2024

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