Podolasia N.E.Br.
  • Gard. Chron., n.s., 18: 70 (1882) 

Notes: Distribution: W. Malesia

General Description

HABIT : evergreen herbs, solitary or forming small clumps, rhizomatous, aerial stem erect to decumbent, internodes distinct, unarmed. LEAVES : several. PETIOLE : long, aculeate, spines either patent or pointing downwards, geniculate apically, sheath short. BLADE : unarmed, sagittate to hastate or almost tripartite, coriaceous, posterior divisions ± equalling anterior, sometimes longer; basal ribs well-developed, primary lateral veins mostly arising near petiole insertion, long-arcuate towards division apex and running into margin, higher order venation reticulate. INFLORESCENCE : solitary. PEDUNCLE : subequal to petiole and similar in appearance. SPATHE : ovate-lanceolate, fully expanded, persistent, red brown. SPADIX : shorter or equalling spathe, cylindric, stipitate, stipe basally adnate to spathe, flowering sequence basipetal. FLOWERS : bisexual, perigoniate; tepals 4-6, fornicate. STAMENS : 4-6, filaments free, oblong, flattened, connective slender, thecae ellipsoid, dehiscing by longitudinal slit. POLLEN : monosulcate, ellipsoid-oblong, small (mean 18 µm.), exine scabrate or verruculate, minutely foveolate between verruculae. GYNOECIUM : cylindric to obovoid, ovary 1-locular, ovule 1, anatropous, placenta parietal to subbasal, stigma discoid- hemispheric. BERRY : ovoid to ellipsoid, smooth, strongly exserted at maturity, very prominent and thicker than spadix, red. SEED : curved, ± spherical, testa thin, hard, smooth, dark brown, embryo curved, endosperm present but only as a few cell layers.

Diagnostic Description

Rhizomatous evergreen helophytes with short aerial stem; petiole with obvious spines, geniculate apically; leaf blade deeply sagittate to almost subtripartite; peduncle long, subequalling petiole; spathe ovate-lanceolate, fully expanded; spadix narrowly cylindric, stipitate; flowers bisexual, perigoniate. Differs from Cyrtosperma in petiole spines both straight and down-turned, aerial stem with distinct internodes and smooth, ± orbicular seeds to 7 mm in diameter.


Tropical humid forest, usually peat swamp forest; helophyte, along streams.


W. Malesia.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Tropical Malesia Borneo
  • Malaya
  • Sumatera

Included Species


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CATE Araceae
Haigh, A., Clark, B., Reynolds, L., Mayo, S.J., Croat, T.B., Lay, L., Boyce, P.C., Mora, M., Bogner, J., Sellaro, M., Wong, S.Y., Kostelac, C., Grayum, M.H., Keating, R.C., Ruckert, G., Naylor, M.F. and Hay, A., CATE Araceae, 14 Dec 2011 . 17 Dec 2011.
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