Caladium Vent.

Mother-in-Law Plant

From the local indigenous name kaladi.

Tubers cylindrical to round. Leaf blade peltate, more or less arrow-shaped or rounded, often divided into 3 and often variegated with various combinations of pink, white, red and green. Inflorescences 1-2 with stalks more or less the same length as the leaf stalks. Spathe tube swollen, margins overlapping, the blade open. Spadix shorter than the spathe; stamens 2-5, united. Ovary with 2-3 chambers.

Grown mostly as indoor pot plants for the ornamental variegated leaves, outdoors in warmer climates.

7-12 species from tropical America.

Division or seeds.

Leaf blade with veinlets in the space between main lateral veins spreading widely; ovary with 2-20 ovules; stigma with 3-4 grooves and on top of ovary cf. Xanthosoma.

Madison (1981).

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Araceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Alismatales
family       Araceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Caladium bicolor (Aiton) Vent.
species         Caladium palustris L.