Asplundia euryspatha Harling
  • Harling, Acta Horti Berg. 18: 248 (1958)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Root-climbing liana or terrestrial (or epiphytic), sometimes acaulescent (?) plant. Leaf blades 60-90 cm long, tricostate with the lateral costae to the largest part of their length running far inside the leaf margin, bifid to more than half their length; the segments ca ro-12(-rs) cm broad, oblonglanceolate to subovate, distinctly acuminate, in older leaves often secondarily split up into 2-3, or more, irregular lobes. Petiole 50-60 cm long or more. Peduncle ro-r6 cm long. Spathes probably 4-6, the lower ones placed with large intervals; only the lowermost spathe known, this rs-r8 cm long, ea 3•5 cm broad, broadly oblanceolate, long-acuminate, coarse. Spa dix subcylindrical, during an thesis 6-7•5 cm long, 2-2.5 cm thick, in fruiting stage 8-ro cm long, ea 3 cm thick. Staminate flowers 4.5-6 mm long; receptacle ea 2 mm diam., elongate, cylinder-shaped; perianthlobes s-6(-8), not connate with the receptacle, 2-2.5 mm long, 0.4-0.6 mm broad, oblong, acute; stamens 25-35, anthers r-1.3 mm long, 0-4-0.5 mm broad, filaments 0 .2-0.3 mm long, basal bulbs medium-sized. Pistillate flowers during late anthesis 4_ 5 mm broad; tepals free, apically unevenly rotundate, ± undulate, somewhat narrowing towards the base, in late flowering stage 3-5-4 mm long, 2-2.5 mm broad at base, 2.5-3 mm broad in their upper part, distim:tly surpassing the stigmas, in fruiting stage as much as s mm long, as much as 4 mm broad; styles rather short, free; stigmas laterally strongly compressed, ± uncinate, seen from above long, narrowly linear, acute, projecting between the tepals, in young fruiting stage distinctly turned upwards. Seeds unknown.

Diagnostic Description

A. euryspatha is easily separated from A. Labela and A . chiapensis - its nearest relatives thfough the coarse and broad lowermost spathe, through the peculiar staminate flowers and through the shape of the stigmas.


Known only from Costa Rica.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Central America Costa Rica
  • Panamá


  • 1 Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • 2 Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • 3 Harling, G. Monograph of Cyclanthaceae. Acta Horti Bergiani 18, (1958).

 Information From

WCS higher taxonomy
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