Yautia madera, Moco-Moco, arum lily
tropical South America
Montrichardia arborescens (L.) Schott
M. linifera (Arruda) Schott
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tall, erect, shrub-like herb that forms dense stands
Slender tree-like aroid. Rhizomes submerged. Stems erect, tall, often swollen at base, sometimes with short spines. Leaves concentrated at apex; petiole long, sheath persistent, ending in a ligule-like point; leaf blade about equal to petiole, sagittate with equal lateral and middle lobes; apex acute; base sagittate; margin entire to undulate; venation palmate. Inflorescence axillary in leaf sheaths; spathe base convolute, deciduous, base green, interior whitish; spadix about equal to spathe, cylindrical. Fruits large, spongy berries on infructescences.
along river banks, swamps, or creeks
Montrichardia comprises two species that are used in folk medicine, have berries that are eaten, and are cultivated for decoration.