Pothos kerrii Buchet ex P.C.Boyce
  • Blumea 45: 168 (2000) 

Notes: Distribution: China (SE. Guangxi) to Indo-China

General Description

Lianas, medium sized, to 4m, root-climbing. Stems terete in cross section, to 6mm in diam. Leaves when fresh mid-green; petiole oblong to oblong-triangular, 10–30(–50) × 5–10mm, broadly winged, base decurrent to clawed, apex truncate to auriculate; each side with 2–4 secondary veins, veins prominent, especially in dried material; leaf blade lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 7.5–13 × 1.25–2.5cm, base rounded, apex long attenuate-mucronate to acute, minutely tubulate; each side with 2 or 3 intramarginal veins arising from base and immediately diverging and reaching leaf tip. Flowering shoot much abbreviated, arising from middle to distal leaf axils of fertile shoots, bearing a minute prophyll and few cataphylls 3–10mm, sequentially longer. Inflorescence solitary; peduncle erect to spreading, curving to bring inflorescence upright, deep purple, very long and slender, 25–40 × 0.5–1mm. Spathe greenish purple, ovate, deeply concave to almost flat, 4–6 × 3.5–7mm, base prominently cordate, clasping and minutely decurrent on peduncle, margins straight, apex obtuse with a small but prominent mucro. Spadix stipitate; stipe erect, straight, deep purple, terete in cross section, 10–18 × 0.23–0.75mm; fertile zone pale yellow, globose, 3.5–4 × 3.5–4.5mm. Flowers 1–2mm in diam. Infructescence with 1–7 berries. Fruit obclavate to ellipsoid, 10–15 × 7.5–10mm.


Dense forests, on rocks.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Temperate China China Southeast
  • Asia-Tropical Indo-China Laos
  • Vietnam


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  • 2 Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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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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