4-3 Araceae, arum family

Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell, Nicholas M. Hill


A larger family with 110 genera, it is best developed in the tropics, with 1800 species worldwide. Nova Scotia hosts three distinctive plants in three genera. The small flowers are borne on fleshy spikes called spadices, each subtended and surrounded by a spathe. They may be perfect or unisexual. Fruits are berries or compound. Jamie Ellison, Beth Cameron, Alain Belliveau, Ross Hall, Sean Blaney and Eugene Quigley gave us permission to use their images.


Magnoliophyte, arum family, monocots, Calla, Arisaema, Symplocarpus, water-arum, calla, jack-in-the-pulpit, skunk cabbage plants

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