Alloschemone Schott
  • Gen. Aroid., App.: 99 (1858) 

Notes: Distribution: N. Brazil to Bolivia

General Description

HABIT : evergreen climbing herbs, stem epidermis becoming distinctly corky and longitudinally furrowed with age. LEAVES : large, juvenile leaves unknown. PETIOLE : geniculate apically, thickened at base, sheath short. BLADE : pinnatifid, subcordate, lobes (pinnae) acute, falcate, 4-6 per side, primary lateral veins 1 per lobe (pinna), secondary laterals ± parallel-pinnate, higher order venation reticulate. INFLORESCENCE : solitary. PEDUNCLE : shorter than petiole. SPATHE : ovate-cymbiform, deciduous. SPADIX : stipitate, cylindric, apex obtuse. FLOWERS : bisexual, perigone absent. STAMENS : 4, filaments flattened, free or connate, shorter than ovary, thecae oblong, dehiscing laterally by oblique, apical, pore-like slit. POLLEN : not fully zonate, ellipsoid, medium-sized (mean 46 µm), exine shallowly foveolate. GYNOECIUM : ovary prismatic, 1-locular, with abundant locular mucilage, ovule 1, amphitropous, funicle with trichomes, placenta basal, stylar region densely packed with trichosclereids, stigma sessile, elliptic. BERRY : unknown. SEED : unknown.

Diagnostic Description

Climbing hemiepiphytes with abundant trichosclereids; stem epidermis becoming distincly corky and longitudinally furrowed with age; adult leaf blade pinnatifid, flowers bisexual. Differs from Monstera in that it has a 1-locular ovary, ovule solitary, amphitropous with basal placentation.


Tropical humid forest; climbing hemiepiphytes.


N. Brazil to Bolivia.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil North
  • Western South America Bolivia


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 Information From

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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