Aglaodorum Schott
  • Gen. Aroid.: 58 (1858) 

Notes: Distribution: S. Indo-China to W. Malesia

General Description

HABIT : evergreen herbs, rhizomatous, aerenchymatous stem much-branched, creeping. LEAVES : several to many. PETIOLE : terete, sheath short. BLADE : oblanceolate to oblong, thick; midrib very thick, primary lateral veins pinnate, weakly differentiated, higher order venation parallel-pinnate. INFLORESCENCE : solitary. PEDUNCLE : long, subequal to petiole, erect in fruit. SPATHE : oblong, cuspidate, convolute, erect. SPADIX : stipitate, a little shorter than spathe, female zone very short with a single whorl of flowers, male zone subcylindric, fertile to apex. FLOWERS : unisexual, perigone absent. MALE FLOWER : stamens short, prismatic, filaments distinct, connective thickened, thecae oblong, adjacent or opposite, dehiscing by apical pore. POLLEN : inaperturate, ellipsoid, large (mean 59 µm.), exine apparently psilate or verruculate. FEMALE FLOWER : gynoecium surrounded by whorl of 1-3 shorter prismatic staminodes, ovary 1-2-locular, ovule 1 per locule, anatropous, funicle very short, placenta parietal in 1-locular ovaries, stigma broad, discoid, 4-lobed, concave at centre. BERRY : obovoid to ellipsoid, large, pericarp very thick, green. SEED : large, ellipsoid, testa thin, smooth, embryo large, plumule well-developed, endosperm absent.

Diagnostic Description

A creeping rhizomatous helophyte, with pinnate primary lateral veins and spadix with contiguous male and female zones. Differs from Aglaonema in having an inflorescence with a long peduncle, female flowers in a single whorl, a repent stem, and parietal placentation.


Tropical open swamps, especially freshwater tidal zones and brackish water, often growing with Nypa fruticans and Cryptocoryne ciliata; creeping rhizomatous helophyte.


S. Vietnam, W. Malesia.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Tropical Indo-China Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Malesia Borneo
  • Malaya
  • Sumatera


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