Anthurium decipens

A newly described species, Anthurium decipiens A. Hay & M. Cedeño from the section Belolonchium, previously very often confused with Anthurium salgarense which is a separate species.

It is a massive pachycaul terrestrial or lithophytic herb, growing to about 3 m tall.
The petioles are terete, bright deep intense blood red when emerging and
developing a lichen-like pattern of dirtygreen mottled with dark grey blotches after
leaf maturity. Leaf blades are ovato-sagittate, conspicuosly lobed, up to ca. 160–180 cm long, adaxially very dark green and glossy, abaxially mid green and less glossy, quilted hbetween the major venation, thinly coriaceous/chartaceous with a distinct crinkly plastic sound when bent; major veins raised and slightly ridged adaxially, very prominent and sharply acutely ridged throughout abaxially, red in younger but fully expanded leaves, becoming yellowish with age.

 

The genus name Anthurium is derived from Greek ánthos "flower" + ourá "tail" + New Latin -ium -ium . A very literal translation of this would be 'flowering tail'.

 

Anthurium decipens

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  • Name: Anthurium decipiens A. Hay & M. Cedeño
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:   Chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range: Colombia
    Zone: 10-12
    Habitat: steep creek banks, road cuttings and/or lithophytic, mostly in semi-shade or unilateral illumination, occasional in full sun, in very wet tropical montane forest, at 1300-1750m, sporadically igher up.
    Height: 2-3m
    Spread: 3-4m
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Medium
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: no records available

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded