Gonatopus clavatus Mayo

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Gonatopus clavatus

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
Murrebue, Mecufi district, Cabo Delgado.

Gonatopus clavatus

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
Murrebue, Mecufi district, Cabo Delgado.

Gonatopus clavatus

Photo: Tomas Buruwate
Murrebue, Mecufi district, Cabo Delgado.

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Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Robust herb growing from a subglobose or turnip-shaped tuber. Leaves up to 1.2 m tall, divided 3 times with primary divisions up to 60 cm wide, hairless; ultimate leaflets, elliptic to oblanceolate, up to 13 cm long; petiole 20-52 cm long, green tinged purplish and with greenish-white spots; pulvinus swelling near the base hidden by cataphylls, reddish to deep wine-red within. Inflorescence solitary, mostly before the leaves; peduncle 3-25 cm long, hairless or pubescent. Spathe 7.5-12 cm long; tub subglobose, constricted apically; limb broadly oblong-elliptic, up to 9.5 cm long, reflexed at maturity, green with a purple tinge or reddish-brown. Spadix 4-5-12 cm long; female zone more or less cylindric; male zone clavate, up to 9.5 cm long, creamy-yellow.
Derivation of specific name: clavatus: clavate or club-shaped, referring to the male part of the spadix.
Habitat: In open Brachystegia woodland, disturbed woodland and at margins of streams
Altitude range: 50 - 500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: N,Z
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 January 2019

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012). Araceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(1) Pages 26 - 27. (Includes a picture).

Mayo, S.J. (1985). Araceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 11 - 13. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gonatopus clavatus.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=173360, retrieved 3 March 2024

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