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Amorphophallus dactylifer

Family Name: Araceae

Amorphophallus dactylifer is an aroid from the Philippines, produces a single spadix inflorescence attached to a long, purplish flower stalk. The spathe is purple, white, green or multi-coloured with a bell-shaped base.

Semi-Shade Moderate Water Ornamental Flowers Herbaceous


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant


Native Distribution Philippines
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic

Description and Ethnobotany

Foliage It produced a single compound leaf; each leaflet is elliptic to lanceolate in shape, gradually narrowing to a sharp pointed tip. Rough, molted leaf stalk in various shades of brown.
Flowers Flowers borne on a solitary spadix inflorescence measuring up to 1 m tall. Spathe is elongated, triangular with a bell-shaped base, measuring between 30 – 38 cm long and 12 – 20 cm in width. The spathe can come in colours of purple, white, green or multi-coloured. The spadix exceeds the length of the spathe, can grow between 42 – 60 cm long. The solitary flower is attached to a long purplish flowering stalk of up to 65 cm tall. Finger-like warts are observed on the base of the spathe.
Others - Plant Morphology Its tubers are depressed globose, usually grows to at least 7 cm in diameter and 3 cm high.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Compound
Foliar Margin Entire - Wavy / Undulate
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate

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Master ID 34032
Species ID 8448
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Species record last updated on: 05 May 2021.