Family: Arum [Araceae]


Arisarum

Arum

Calla

Colocasia

Dracunculus

Lysichiton

Zantedeschia

Sub-Family 1: [Lemnoideae] (Duckweeds)


Lemna

Spirodela

Wolffia

Sub-Family 2: [Aroideae] (Water-cabbage)


Pistia

Sauromatum

Sub-Family 3: [Orontioideae] (Golden-club)


Orontium

The Duckweed Family [Lemnaceae] has been subsumed into this, the Arum Family. The Lemnaceae Family was comprised of the Genera: Lemna, Spirodels and Wolffia, all of which are now contained within the Arum Family.

The Arum family is typified by flowers with a single large spathe surrounding a central pencil-thin spadix. The upper majority of the upper part of the spadix contains the male flowers; the female flowers of all Arum plants are on the lower (usually hidden) part of the spadix. They are mostly very poisonous, and also emit foul smells of decaying flesh or a fecal smell at times.



[ARUM] Lords-and-Ladies

Lords-and-Ladies (Italian). (Arum italicum) Photo: © RWD

Lords-and-Ladies. (Arum maculatum) Photo: © RWD

Dracunculus



[DRACUNCULUS] Arum

Dragon Arum (Dracunculus vulgaris) Photo: © RWD



[ZANTEDESCHIA] Altar-lily

Arum Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) Photo: © RWD



[LYSICHITON] Skunk-Cabbages

American Skunk-Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) Photo: © Jeremy Cushing

Family: Arum [Araceae]

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