Asplundia sparrei Harling
  • Harling, Opera Bot., B 1(216): 21 (1973)

This taxon is accepted by WCS higher taxonomy

General Description

Root-climbing liana. Stem unknown. Leaf blades ca 50 cm long, subtricostate, bifid to about half their length; the segments ea 12 cm broad, probably obovate or ± cuneate, but in the type strongly lacerate. Petiole ca 45 cm long. Peduncle in young fruiting stage ca 9 cm long. Spathes unknown, judging from the cicatrices on the peduncle 3, placed along the upper half of the peduncle. Spadix ellipsoid, in young fruiting stage ca 3.5 cm long, ca 2 em thick. Staminate flowers unknown. Pistillate flowers in young fruiting stage 4-5 mm broad; tepals oblong, fused with ovary, styles and stigmas into a quadrangular columnar structure; stigmas seen from above suborbicular, terete. Seeds unknown.

Diagnostic Description

Through the remarkable structure of the pistillate flower this new species is easily separated from all other species of the genus.


Zamora-Chinchipe: road Loja-Zamora, km 54, alt. ea 1000 m, May 17-18, 1967, SPARRE 16358 (S) .

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Western South America Ecuador


  • 1 Eriksson, R. (2006). Personal Communication on Cyclanthaceae 1. Göteborg University.
  • 2 Jørgensen, P.M. & León-Yánes, S. (eds.) (1999). Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador: 1-1181. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • 3 Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • 4 Harling, G. 216. Cyclanthaceae. Flora of Ecuador 216, (1973).

 Information From

WCS higher taxonomy
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