Typhonodorum

Scientific name

Typhonodorum Schott

Common names

none

Family

Araceae

Could be confused with

Colocasia, Peltandra

Native distribution

Africa (Tanzania to Madagascar, Comores)

Species commonly cultivated

Typhonodorum lindleyanum Schott (tropical Sub-Saharan Africa and neighboring islands)

Adventive distribution

none

Weed status

not weedy

Habit

large, emergent rosette plant

Brief description

Perennial. Rhizome short, horizontal. Leaves in a rosette, petiolate, sheathed at base; stout petioles form erect (up to 4 m) pseudostem; leaf blade lanceolate to cordate, up to 1.5 m long, venation palmate; margin entire. Inflorescence a spadix, subtended by an elongate, pedunculate spathe; spadix 35-55 cm long; apex sterile, female flowers below, male in upper portion, sterile between the two. Berries large, with a single seed. Dispersal by seed.

Natural habitat

pools and shallow water along rivers

Additional comments

A large emergent aroid with very large leaves,Typhonodorum contains only a single species and is most commonly cultivated for ponds. Due to its large size, this species is not suitable for aquariums and is most commonly found as a tropical pond plant in botanical gardens.