Anadendrum Schott
  • Bonplandia (Hannover) 5: 45 (1857) 

Notes: Distribution: S. China to Malesia

General Description

HABIT : climbing herbs. LEAVES : distichous. PETIOLE : geniculate apically, sheathed nearly to apex, sheath persistent or marcescent. BLADE : obliquely ovate-oblong, entire; primary lateral veins pinnate, running into marginal vein, higher order venation reticulate. INFLORESCENCE : 1-3 in each floral sympodium. PEDUNCLE : relatively long. SPATHE : oblong-ovate, boat-shaped to reflexed, greenish white, rostrate apically and overtopping the spadix, deciduous after anthesis. SPADIX : stipitate, cylindric. FLOWERS : bisexual, perigoniate; perigone membranaceous, a single cup-like structure, truncate, equalling or shorter than gynoecium. STAMENS : 4, filaments relatively short, broad, spathulate, connective slender, thecae linear-elliptic, dehiscing by longitudinal slit. POLLEN : inaperturate, subspheroidal, small (mean 22 µm.), exine psilate or subretipilate, pilae spinulose tipped and solitary, or united into groups of 2-4 or more. GYNOECIUM : ovary obconic or obpyramidal, subquadrangular, 1-locular, ovule 1, anatropous, funicle short, placenta basal, stylar region as broad as ovary, stigma transversely oblong. BERRIES : distinctly truncate apically, subglobose, orange red (A. microstachyum). SEED : rounded, subglobose, testa smooth, glossy, embryo large, endosperm absent.

Diagnostic Description

Climbing hemiepiphytes; trichosclereids absent; higher order leaf venation reticulated, blade always entire; stigma transversely oblong; stamens always 4 per flower; perigone consisting of a single cup-like structure.


Tropical humid forest; climbing hemiepiphytes, sometimes on rocks.


Indo-China to Papua New Guinea.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Temperate China China South-Central
  • China Southeast
  • Hainan
  • Asia-Tropical Indo-China Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Malesia Borneo
  • Jawa
  • Malaya
  • Maluku (Doubtful)
  • Philippines
  • Sulawesi
  • Sumatera


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