Zantedeschia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Terrestrial fleshy herb, up to c. 1.5 m high. Rhizome thick. Leaves basal; sheathing bases white; lamina ovate, mostly 13–30(–50)cm long, 8–16 cm wide, base cordate to hastate, apex obtuse to acute with a very fine point, veins tending to radiate from apex of petiole. Inflorescence borne on an axis at least as long as leaves; bract obliquely funnel-shaped, 10–26 cm long, white, opposite margins overlapping, apex with a long recurved point; inflorescence axis 5–10 cm long, axis and flowers bright yellow; female flowers on basal one-third of axis, male flowers distally. Flowers with perianth absent. Fruit a green or yellow berry, 5–10 mm long.

6 species indigenous to Africa, 1 naturalised in Victoria.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Araceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
family Araceae
Higher taxa
genus Zantedeschia
Subordinate taxa