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Published: 2022-09-22

Two new species of Spathiphyllum (Araceae) from Tabasco, Mexico with notes on their floral scent

Jardín Botánico “Araceario Thomas B. Croat”, s/n, Comalcalco, Tabasco, México.
Department of Environment & Biodiversity, Plant Ecology, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria.
Department of Environment & Biodiversity, Plant Ecology, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria.
Molecular Cell Biology, Botanical Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Fritz-Haber-Weg 4, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany.
Herbario Eizi Matuda, Laboratorio de Ecologia, Evolutiva, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas. Libramiento Norte Poniente 1550, Lajas Maciel, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis, 29039, México.
Raíces de la Montaña, Carretera Pomoquita-Oxolotán S/N, Col. Pomoquita, C.P. 86895, Tacotalpa, Tabasco, México.
Instituto de Investigaciones Forestales, Universidad Veracruzana, Parque Ecologico “El Haya”, Carretera Antigua a Coatepec, 91070 Xalapa-Enríquez, Veracruz, México.
Endemic species Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum scent collection species complex Tabasco Monocots


In Mexico, the mostly neotropical genus Spathiphyllum is represented by twelve species, including only one species for the state of Tabasco. A detailed review of herbarium specimens, and material collected and cultivated from different locations in Tabasco, allowed us to conclude that S. cochlearispathum does not occur in Tabasco, and that specimens from different populations identified as S. cochlearispathum correspond to two different species. Here, we describe and illustrate S. maldonadianum and S. wilfridianum, two new species from Tabasco, Mexico, one of which is critically endangered. We also provide data on the composition of the floral scent of both species and their phenology.


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