ARACEAE - Philodendron Family

Herbs, climbing shrubs, variable with raphides (calcium oxalate crystals), leaves variable

Flowers bi- or unisexual, often foul-smelling,pollinators are often carrion flies, inflorescence a spadix subtended by a spathe

        

110 genera, 1800 species, mostly tropical and subtropical

Common genera, last three are common houseplants:
Arisaema - Jack in the pulpit
Philodendron
Pothos
Dieffenbachia
- Dumb-cane

Economic importance - ornamentals and food Colocasia (taro) is used to make poi which is prepared by boiling and drying the corm

Diagnostic characteristics: herbaceous, spadix enveloped by a spathe, flowers small, no calyx or corolla


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