Schismatoglottis wallichii (PROSEA)

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Schismatoglottis wallichii Hook.f.

Family: Araceae


Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore.


The rhizome is said to be edible. It is also a rare ornamental in tropical greenhouses.


Robust herb with thickened rhizomes and a short, 2.5-5 cm long stem. Leaves simple, broadly lanceolate; petiole 15-23 cm long, sheathing in lower part; blade 15-28 cm × 2.5-7.5 cm. Inflorescence a spadix; peduncle up to 13 cm long; spathe-tube 3-4 cm long, limb 5-7.5 cm long, including a 1.5 cm long point, white; spadix up to 7 cm long, female and sterile part each 2.5 cm long, male part (at top) shorter and clavate. Fruit a small globose berry. It occurs in lowland rainforest.

Selected sources

13, 20, 37.


L.E. Groen, J.S. Siemonsma & P.C.M. Jansen