Araceae  Juss., 1789 nom. cons.

the cuckoo-pintpronounced: uh-RAY-see-eye

the arum family

Araceae is derived from the Greek αρον (aron), their name for Arum italicum, the cuckoo-pint, known by the Romans as arum. The vast majority of the members of this family occur in the New World tropics. They are generally known as aroids. Members of the family are highly diverse in form, ranging from submerged or free-floating aquatics to terrestrial, and to epiphytes and climbers; usually there are calcium oxalate crystals, and commonly a milky sap. The leaves range from simple to entire to compound and highly divided, and may be basal or produced from an aerial stem. The inflorescence is always a spadix with either bisexual or unisexual flowers (sometimes with a sterile region), surrounded by a spathe. Very rarely the spathe is absent.

Aglaonema commutatum - Chinese Evergreen

Alocasia macrorrhizos - Cunjevoi

Alocasia sanderiana - Kris Plant

Anthurium sp - Anthurium

Anthurium andraearum - Flamingo Flower

Anthurium jenmanii - Birdnest Anthurium

Caladium bicolor - Angel Wings

Colocasia esculenta - Taro

Dieffenbachia longispatha - Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia maculata (syn.) - Dumb Cane

Dieffenbachia seguine - Dumb Cane

Epipremnum aureum - Devil's Ivy

Monstera deliciosa - Fruit Salad Plant

Philodendron sp. - Philodendron

Scindapsus aureus (syn.) - Devil's Ivy

Spathiphyllum sp. - Peace Lily

Syngonium podophyllum - Arrowhead Vine

Xanthosoma sagittifolium - Elephant Ear

Zamioculcas zamiifolia - Zanzibar Gem

Zantedeschia X - Calla Lily

Lithograph by Charlotte Young

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