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Robust, climbing shrubs, stems branched, rooting at nodes. Leaves entire, ovate, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, pinnately nerved, petiole sheathing, geniculate, sheath usually broad. Inflorescence solitary. Peduncle shorter than petiole. Spathe cymbiform, caducous to deciduous. Spadix sessile, shorter than spathe, dense-flowered. Flowers bisexual, naked, perigone absent. Stamens 4, filaments widish, flattened, thickened at tips, anther-cells oblong, dehiscence by lateral slits. Ovary prismatic or obpyramidal, 1-locular, ovule solitary, anatropous, placentaion basal, stylar region well-developed, stigma sessile, disciform to linear. Fruits obpyramidal berries. Seeds subreniform.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Leaves green, blotched with white S. pictus
1b. Leaves green, not blotched with white S. officinalis