Zantedeschia aethiopica (L.) Spreng.

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Zantedeschia aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake, La Rochelle

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake, La Rochelle

Zantedeschia aethiopica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake, La Rochelle

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Common names: White arum (English)
Description: Robust evergreen plant to 60 cm high. Spathe ivory-white broad and widely spreading backwards, without a dark purple area at the base of the spathe. Spadix usually bright yellow. Clavate-spathulate staminodes scattered among the female flowers.
Notes: Mayo, S.J. in FTEA, Araceae, p. 36 reports that this species has escaped from cultivation in various parts of the tropics in cooler upland areas (e.g. in Tanzania). However, there are no records of this species escaping in Zimbabwe.
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Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 120.

Mayo, S.J. (1985). Araceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 36.

Pienaar, K. (1984). The South African What Flower is that? (A-Z of Garden flowers in South Africa). 2nd impression. Struik, Cape Town. Page 351. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 114.

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Flora of Botswana: Zantedeschia aethiopica
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Zantedeschia aethiopica
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Zantedeschia aethiopica

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zantedeschia aethiopica
African Plant Database: Zantedeschia aethiopica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Zantedeschia aethiopica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Zantedeschia aethiopica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Zantedeschia aethiopica
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iNaturalist: Zantedeschia aethiopica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Zantedeschia aethiopica
JSTOR Plant Science: Zantedeschia aethiopica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Zantedeschia aethiopica
Plants of the World Online: Zantedeschia aethiopica
Tropicos: Zantedeschia aethiopica
Wikipedia: Zantedeschia aethiopica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Zantedeschia aethiopica., retrieved 21 June 2024

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