Journal of the International Aroid Society, Inc.
Volume 3, Number 3 (1980); Pages 98-100
Aroid profile no. 7: Gymnostachys anceps
By J. Richard Shelton    
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Gymnostachys anceps R. Br., Prodr. F. Nov. Holl. I: 337. (1810). Gymnostachys is considered primitive in the Araceae family, and is not particularly related to Acorus calamus, even though, superficially it rather resembles A. calamus. No part of the plant - flowers, berries or leaves - has the characteristic odor. As one might recall, A. calamus leaves and stems have a characteristic sweet odor, and in fact, because of its odor, it is commonly called "sweet flag."


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