Anthurium lucens Standl.
Anth. lucens

Anthurium lucens Standl., Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. , Bot. Ser. 17(4): 317. 1938.

Etymology: lucens...shiny, polished, glistening in reference to___?

Distribution: From southern Mexico to Honduras.

Sectional Placement: Section Cordatopunctatum

Description:Growing as an epiphyte or terrestrial. Stem thick and internodes short. Thick, leathery leaves held erect on long petioles, heart shaped (cordate) and glandular punctate (small dark spots visible on the back surface of the leaf). Inflorescence held erect to pendent in older plants, peduncle shorter than or equal to petiole, spadix dark violet, spathe green with tinges of violet. The spadix smells of fermenting grapes at anthesis. Berries, bright red.

A detailed description of this species as seen in A Revision of the Genus Anthurium of Mexico and Central America.

Notes: This species belongs to a closely related group of species which have variously cordate leaves with dark glandular punctations of the back sides of the leaves. Some of these species are Anth. verapazense, Anth. chiapasense, and Anth. longipeltatum. This group of species was formerly included in the section Belolonchium, but now have their own section named Cordatopunctatum. They are of easy culture and grow well from seed. For more information on their sectional placement see Croat and Sheffer's online article The Sectional Groupings of Anthurium (Araceae).

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