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Zantedeschia aethiopica
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Family: AraceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: ARUM FAMILY
Habit: Perennial herb, [shrub, vine], terrestrial [growing on other plants or not], or aquatic, sometimes free-floating, then sometimes much reduced, in dense, clonal populations, 0.4--10 mm, flat and tongue-shaped to spheric, not differentiated into stems and leaves, new plants produced in budding pouch at base or along margins, sometimes overwintering on bottom as dense, rootless, starch-filled daughter plant (winter bud); often from short, generally erect caudex; roots 0--many; often monoecious. Stem: sometimes above ground in addition to caudex, or not differentiated from plant body. Leaf: simple or compound, basal (or cauline, 2-ranked), or not differentiated from plant body. Inflorescence: generally spike, fleshy, generally ill-smelling, or flower 1, rarely seen, minute, appearing like 2--3 unisexual flowers, often sheathed by minute membrane; flowers bisexual or pistillate below, staminate above; bract subtending spike 1, generally showy (petal-like), generally > spike, sheathing or not. Flower: perianth parts 0, 4, 6, free or fused; stamens 0--4, 6, free or fused; ovary superior to 1/2-inferior and sunken in inflorescence axis, chambers 1--3, stigma +- sessile. Fruit: berry or achene-like, winged or not. Seed: 1--many, often ribbed.
Genera In Family: +- 114 genera, 1850 species: generally tropics, subtropics some cultivated for food, ornamental in ponds, aquaria (Colocasia, taro) or ornamental (Philodendron, Anthurium). Note: Since TJM (1993), including Lemnaceae, and except Acorus, now in Acoraceae (the sole member in California, Acorus calamus L., is an historical waif). Pistia stratiotes L. is a waif. Pinellia ternata (Thunb.) Breitenbach possibly naturalized in California. In taxa once included in Lemnaceae, vein number per plant body best determined using backlight.
Unabridged Note: Since TJM (1993), including Lemnaceae, except Acorus, now in Acoraceae (the sole representative of the family in California, Acorus calamus, judged to be an historical waif in California and therefore here except). Incl smallest of all known angiosperms (Wolffia globosa) as well as world's most massive inflorescence (spike of Amorphophallus titanum, Titan Arum, to 4 m in circumference). Needle-like crystals in most tissues cause intense irritation when chewed; those of Dieffenbachia, dumb-cane, may induce temporary speechlessness. Incl of fossil evidence in cladistic analyses indicate Lemnaceae and Pistia form a monophyletic group within Araceae (Stockey et al.), a position now generally accepted (see Les et al.). Pinellia ternata (Thunb.) Makino ex Breitenbach introduced, possibly naturalized in California. Taxa formerly included in Lemnaceae may be very invasive. In taxa formerly included in Lemnaceae, vein number per plant body best determined using backlight. Peltandra virginica (L.) Schott & Endl., included in TJM (1993), reportedly spread from ornamental pool introduction in 1970 to nearby reserviors, but degree of reproduction or even persistence there unknown.
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: ZantedeschiaView Description 

Habit: Plant from rhizomes, terrestrial, generally fragrant; monoecious. Leaf: basal, clumped; petiole +- >= blade, spongy; blade hastate or sagittate to ovate, base often deeply lobed. Inflorescence: generally exceeded by bract; peduncle +- >= leaf, spongy; bract white [brightly colored]. Flower: perianth 0. Staminate Flower: stamens 2--3, free. Pistillate Flower: ovary chambers 3.
Species In Genus: +- 6 species: southern Africa. Etymology: (F. Zantedeschi, Italian botanist, 1773--1846)

Zantedeschia aethiopica (L.) Spreng.
NATURALIZED
Leaf: present with inflorescence; petiole < 9 dm; blade 15--45 cm, 10--25 cm wide. Inflorescence: yellow; bract < 25 cm, funnel-shaped, tip linear, +- recurved, generally pale green. Chromosomes: 2n=26.
Ecology: Disturbed areas, near former habitations; Elevation: < 300 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCo, NCoRO, CCo, SnFrB, SCoRO, SCo; Distribution Outside California: native to southern Africa. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun Note: Commonly cultivated for showy inflorescence, bract.
Unabridged Note: Cut inflorescence long-lasting.
eFlora Treatment Author: Thomas J. Rosatti
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Citation for this treatment: Thomas J. Rosatti 2016. Zantedeschia aethiopica, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=48829, accessed on December 09, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on December 09, 2016.


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Geographic subdivisions for Zantedeschia aethiopica:
NCo, NCoRO, CCo, SnFrB, SCoRO, SCo;
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