Arum italicum Mill.

Gard. Dict. no., edn 8, 2 (1768) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Leaves hastate to sagittate, 9–35(–40) cm long, 2–29 cm wide, usually variegated, veins whitish; apex acute to obtuse. Inflorescence borne on axis shorter than leaves; bract 11–30 cm long; tube c. 5 cm long, pale green, rarely purplish; limb ± elliptic, erect, apex acute to acuminate, drooping, usually greenish white; inflorescence axis 4–14 cm long, yellow; female flowers and neuter organs cream, male flowers yellow. Fruiting spike oblong-cylindric, 5–9(–12) cm long; fruit 4–11 mm long.

*EGL, *GipP, *VVP. Commonly grown in cultivation, and persists as a garden escape.

Sometimes divided into 4 subspecies, with Victorian plants included in subsp. italicum.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-08-18
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-05-02
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Alismatales
family Araceae
genus Arum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Arum italicum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Arum italicum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory