Aglaonema simplex (PROSEA)

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Aglaonema simplex Blume

Protologue: Rumphia 1: 152, pl. 36D, 65 (1837).


Aglaonema angustifolium N.E.Br. (1895), Aglaonema latius Alderw. (1922).

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: wetune (Moluccas)
  • Malaysia: sumpuh bulan, sumpuh kering, penggeheh (Peninsular)
  • Thailand: waan ngot hin (Trang).


Southern Burma (Myanmar), peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Borneo, Sulawesi, the Moluccas and the Philippines.


In Malaysia, a decoction of the roots is drunk to treat fever and dropsy. A. simplex is cultivated as an ornamental, also as a pot plant.


An erect herb up to 120 cm tall; leaves obtuse, rounded or subtruncate at base, not variegated, margin of petiole usually with a membranous margin; spathe elongate, spadix cylindrical, about as long as spathe. A. simplex occurs in primary and secondary forest, in shady and humid locations, up to 1500(-2000) m altitude.

Selected sources

121, 678, 731.

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