Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Alismatales

Araceae - Arum family

Lemnaceae

Dyer, R.A. (1976) The Genera of southern African flowering plants. Vol. 2 (Monocotyledons). Department of Agricultural Technical Services, Pre

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012) Araceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(1)

Hepper, F.N. (1973) Lemnaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Mayo, S.J. (1985) Araceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Description of the family

Perennial, terrestrial, epiphytic or aquatic, herbs; sometimes the whole plant reduced to a minute flat or fleshy body (in the former Lemnaceae). Leaves alternate, 1-many, petiolate; petiole usually with a basal sheath; lamina simple or variously lobed. Inflorescence pedunculate, consisting of a fleshy ± cylindric spadix subtended by, or enclosed within, a sometimes showy spathe; or in the former Lemnaceae borne in a lateral cavity of the plant body or within lateral pouches. Spadix either uniform with bisexual flowers or monoecious with female flowers at base and male above; sterile flowers often present in various arrangements, sometimes forming a sterile apex. Bracts 0. Flowers minute, sessile; perianth cup-like or composed of 4-9 free or connate segments. Stamens opposite perianth segments, free or connate. Ovary usually superior, 1-many-locular, each loculus with 1-many ovules; stigma (sub)sessile. Fruit a 1-many-seeded berry, these often brightly coloured or a utricle in the former Lemnaceae.

Worldwide: c.116 genera and over 3,300 species, mostly tropical and subtropical with a few temperate.

Malawi: 12 genera and 19 taxa.

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GenusContent
Amorphophallus Blume ex Decne.Description
Colocasia SchottDescription
Culcasia P. Beauv.Description
Gonatopus Engl.Description
Lemna L.Description
Pistia L.Description
Sauromatum SchottDescription
Spirodela Schleid.Description
Stylochaeton Lepr.Description
Wolffiella (Hegelm.) Hegelm.Description
Zamioculcas SchottDescription
Zantedeschia Spreng.Description

Other sources of information about Araceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Araceae
Flora of Caprivi: Araceae
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Araceae
Flora of Mozambique: Araceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Araceae
Flora of Zambia: Araceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Araceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Araceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Araceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Araceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Araceae
Wikipedia: Araceae


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Araceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=18, retrieved 19 August 2019

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