Glossary Details:
Spathe and spadix of an Araceae. Photos by S. A. Mori.
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Spathe of a palm. Photo by S. A. Mori. Open spathe of Anthurium rubinervium. Drawing by B. Angell. Inflorescence of an Araceae. Drawing by B. Angell. Spathe and spadix of an Araceae. Photos by S. A. Mori.
Title: Spathe and spadix of an Araceae. Photos by S. A. Mori.
Creator: S. A. Mori
Description: Spathe and spadix of Monstera barrieri based on O. Poncy 1700 from Camp Arataye on the Apporuagues River, French Guiana. Note that the spathe is cucullate or hood-shaped, i,e. it arches over the opening to the spathe. Note that the flowers are bisexual and completely lack a perianth and, thus, could be called naked.,
Term:

Spathe
Definition:

A conspicuous bract that subtends or surrounds a spadix; in the Araceae, the lower part is called the tube and the upper part the blade; in Arecaceae the large, often woody bract derived from either the prophyll or peduncular bract.