Bot. Bull. Acad. Sin. (1995) 36: 101-112

Hetterscheid and Peng Revision of Amorphophallus (Araceae) in Taiwan

Notes on the genus Amorphophallus (Araceae) IV. Revision of the species in Taiwan

W.L.A. Hetterscheid1 and Ching-I Peng2,3

1Chrysantenstraat 28, 1214 BM Hilversum, The Netherlands

2Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan 115, Republic of China

(Received January 20, 1995; Accepted March 21, 1995)

Abstract. Of the genus Amorphophallus, four species from Taiwan are recognizedA, henryi N.E. Br., A. hirtus N.E. Br., A. kiusianus (Makino) Makino, and A. paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson. The first two species are endemic to Taiwan. Amorphophallus gigantifiorus Hayata and A. niimurai Yamam., both from Taiwan, are reduced to the synonymy of A. paeoniifolius and A. henryi, respectively. Arnorphophallus kiusianus is newly recorded in Taiwan and the mainland Chinese A. sinensis Belval is here reduced to its synonymy. Biogeographic considerations and phylogenetic affinities of the species are discussed.

Keywords: Amorphophallus; Araceae; Distribution; Taiwan; Taxonomy.

3Corresponding authors.