The Araceae, or Arum family has over 3,500 species and is an important aspect of the flora of many regions. The Bartlett Arboretum forest has several species that grow wild in the summer season. Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, is arguably the most common herbaceous plant in the region.
In the tropics, Bartlett staff members are looking into the ecology, evolution, taxonomy and traditional uses of the genus Dracontium. Dracontium polyphyllum, D. spruceanum, and D. iquitense can all be seen in our greenhouse as part of this ongoing research. Recent work has begun to focus on aspects of the Araceae regarding the developmental morphology of this fascinating group.
We have created a publicly accessible collection of well over 40 taxa of araceae from the common to the rare.
The Bartlett Arboretum has published several research papers on Araceae. For reprints or more information please contact the Arboretum.