This family of monocotyledons comprises about 115 genera and 2000 species, the majority of which are tropical. The flowers have no bracts and are usually massed in a cylindrical spadix, wrapped in an enclosing spathe. Often the flowers have an offensive smell to attract flies as pollination agents. Some species are climbers with aerial roots such as the Swiss Cheese Plant, Monstera. There are also many ornamental species, often grown as houseplants.
Botanical characteristics of this family of rhizomatous or tuberous plants, with a brief description and photographs of a number of individual species.
Hundreds of high-resolution images sorted by genus, with tags to show which are newly added, sections devoted to specimens from China and Sikkim, and extensive links.
Independent organization devoted to the breeding and study of plants in the family Araceae (Aroids). Research includes the hybridization of Alocasia, Philodendron and Anthurium species in an effort to develop new, hardier, and architecturally interesting aroid plant varieties.
Description of Araceae
Habit and leaf form; Anatomy; Morphology; Physiology; Biochemistry; Geography.
International Aroid Society
Dedicated to the dissemination of information on the plants in the family Araceae such as taxonomy, nomenclature, botany, pollination, horticulture, ethnobotany, literature, and art, as well as membership information for the IAS.
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