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Genus :

HOMALOMENA

Family :

ARACEAE

Description


Evergreen, perennial herbs, rhizomes stout or absent. Stem creeping, erect or ascending. Leaves entire, very variable in shape, petiole long, sheathing up to halfway. Spathe usually erect, persistent round fruit. Spadix shorter or subequal to spathe, stipitate or sessile, staminate and pistillate flowers close together. Male flowers: stamens distinct, densely grouped, anthers opening by pores or slits. Female flowers: ovaries ovoid or globose, perfectly or imperfectly 2-4 celled, stigma sessile, ovules many, hemianatropous. Fruit a berry, few or many-seeded. Seeds small, ovoid.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Basal lobes of leaf cordate; petiole 70-90 cm long H. pendula
1b. Basal lobes of leaf usually divaricate; petiole 30-60 cm long H. aromatica