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Nº 31. Saturday, December 11, 2010

Araceae

n Bot. Family of monocotyledonous plants, herbaceous or woody, with alternate cordate (heart-shaped) or sagitate (arrowhead-shaped) leaves surrounding a scape with flowers in a spadix, covered by a spathe, such as the arum (Arum spp.), anthurium (Anthurium spp.), and peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.).

Type genus: Arum.

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Peace Lily. As many other species in the Araceae family, peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.) is an ornamental plant.

Etymology

From modern Latin Araceae; from Arum, name of a plant genus; from Greek aron, common name for the plants within this genus and for other similar plants; and the Latin suffix -aceae, «-aceous».