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Dracontium (Wikipedia)

Dracontium
Dracontium spruceanum CBM.png
1880 Botanical illustration of Dracontium spruceanum
Scientific classification e
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Monocots
Order:Alismatales
Family:Araceae
Subfamily:Lasioideae
Genus:Dracontium
Blume ex Decne.
Species

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Synonyms
  • Eutereia Raf.
  • Echidnium Schott
  • Ophione Schott
  • Chersydrium Schott
  • Godwinia Seem.

Dracontium is a genus of flowering plants similar to those of Amorphophallus. Unlike Amorphophallus which is found in the Old World, this genus has a New World distribution and is native to South America, Central America, southern Mexico, and the West Indies.

Dracontium species can be distinguished from related genera by their inflorescence, which is smaller and unisexual. The plant has a large tuber similar to that of Amorphophallus, but rounder, and with no central and circular scar mark. When Dracontium plants begin to flower, the tuber swells and smoothens.

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