Description of the genus
Acaulescent, tuberous, terrestrial herbs. Leaf usually 1, subtended by basal cataphylls, often spotted; lamina 3-partite, each major segment highly divided ± pinnately or irregularly. Inflorescence produced before the leaves (in ours); peduncle shorter than petiole. Spathe
with a convolute basal portion; upper portion ± expanded with undulate margin. Spadix with female flowers at base, male flowers in
central portion and with a ± smooth sterile apex. Flowers unisexual, without perianth segments, densely congested. Stamens free or filaments connate in groups of 2-3. Ovary 2(-4)-locular. Berries borne in a cylindric spike.
Worldwide: 196 species in the Old World tropics. 35 native species in Africa.
Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.
Other sources of information about Amorphophallus:
Our websites:Flora of Mozambique
: AmorphophallusFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): AmorphophallusFlora Zambesiaca
web site: AmorphophallusGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for AmorphophallusIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): AmorphophallusKew Herbarium catalogue
: AmorphophallusKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Amorphophallus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=301, retrieved 23 October 2014