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Perennial herbs with an erect or prostrate stem. Leaves forming an apical crown, petiole shorter than leaf-blade, sheathing at base, lamina ovate or oblong, often variegated. Inflorescence spadix, stipitate, cylindric, equalling or shorter than spathes, spathes subtubular to cymbiform, male and female inflorescence usually contiguous. Flowers unisexual, perigone absent. Male flowers: stamens free, filaments usually distinct, thecae opposite. Female flowers: ovary subglobose, 1-loculed, ovule solitary, subbasilar, anatropous, stigma disciform. Fruit an ellipsoid berry, red when ripe. Seeds solitary, ellipsoid.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Leaf-blade variegated A. commutatum
1b. Leaf-blade not variegated 2
2a. Leaf-acumen elongated, over 2.5 cm long from point of 1 cm blade-width; peduncle shorter A. modestum
2b. Leaf-acumen shorter, less than 2.5 cm long from point of 1 cm blade-width; peduncle longer A. hookerianum