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Genus Zantedeschia Family Araceae

Description: Evergreen [or deciduous] herbs; rhizomatous [or cormous].

Leaves with lamina sagittate [to lanceolate], fine venation parallel between lateral veins; petiolate.

Inflorescence solitary, conspicuous, on a long peduncle. Spathe campanulate, convolute in the lower part, acuminate. Spadix ± sessile. Flowers unisexual, the females sometimes interspersed with staminodes. Tepals absent. Stamens free, crowded haphazardly.

Fruit orange and fleshy or [greenish and leathery]; few-seeded.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, southern & East Africa. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

A number of species are widely cultivated.

Text by A. Hay
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Zantedeschia aethiopica

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