Description: Small to moderately robust deciduous herbs; stem a condensed rhizome.
Leaves with lamina [cordate to] hastate to sagittate, often spotted, venation reticulate.
Inflorescence usually solitary, accompanied by leaves [rarely preceding leaves]. Spathe convolute in lower part, the upper part extending into a ± conspicuous limb. Spadix with basal female flowers, then a zone of sterile flowers, then usually a naked axis, then a male zone, then another zone of sterile flowers, and finally a ± conspicuous appendix. Tepals absent.
Fruit a few-seeded berry; infructescence not protected.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 25 species, Azores to Eurasia. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).
Text by A. Hay
|One species in NSW: Arum italicum|