Anchomanes abbreviatus Engl.

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Anchomanes abbreviatus

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Near Xitaxa, Muidumbe District, Cabo Delgado.

Anchomanes abbreviatus

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Mt Yocola, Ancuabe District, Cabo Delgado

Anchomanes abbreviatus

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Mt Yocola, Ancuabe District, Cabo Delgado

Anchomanes abbreviatus

Photo: Ton Rulkens
Mt Yocola, Ancuabe District, Cabo Degado.

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Common names:
Frequency: Local and uncommon
Status: Native
Robust perennial herb, growing from a vertical, subcylindric to globose tuber, up to 5 cm in diameter. Leaf solitary with an erect petiole 1-2 m tall, rarely taller, covered with creamish elongated spots and greenish-cream downward pointing prickles; leafblade 1.2-1.8 m wide, dark glossy green, trisect when mature; primary divisions divideddichotomously or pinnately; secondary divisions irregularly pinnatifid; ultimate segments apically truncate or bifid. Inflorescence on a peduncle 30-90 cm long, armed with prickles. Spathe c. 9 × 2 cm, broadly ovate. Spadix up to 5 × 1 cm, cylindric, much shorter than the Spathe. Male zone and female zone each covering about half the length of the spadix; male flowers much smaller than female flowers. Berries c. 2.7 × 1.6 cm, ellipsoid.
Notes: The image of the plant in habit is of an exceptionally tall specimen.
Derivation of specific name: abbreviatus: shortened
Habitat: Understorey of dense deciduous forest and Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania and northern Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N
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Content last updated: Saturday 15 December 2012

Haigh, A. & Boyce, P. (2012). Araceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(1) Pages 30 - 31. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Anchomanes abbreviatus
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Anchomanes abbreviatus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Anchomanes abbreviatus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Anchomanes abbreviatus
Plants of the World Online: Anchomanes abbreviatus
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Wikipedia: Anchomanes abbreviatus

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: Anchomanes abbreviatus., retrieved 21 May 2024

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