Arum or Calla family
|FORM Terrestrial or rarely aquatic. Herbaceous (wet in temperate zone) Many contain calcium oxalate crystals making their sap acrid.
Species 2000 in our area 10 (Gray) 8 (B&B)
Distribution Mainly in the tropics, temperate
Flowers Flowers bisexual or unisexual, spadix often subtended by a large showy spathe.often have an offensive scent, borne on spadix. Fruit a berry.
#Parts perianth absent in unisexual flowers, 2-8 stamens Symmetry
Leaves Leaves alternate, simple or compound.basal clump growing from rhizome
|Early family, all with a fleshy root, several have offensive odors. Small flowers born on a cylindrical or club shaped stem called a spadix.|