Sauromatum Schott

Sauromatum is a genus of two species, native to Africa and Asia. One species, Sauromatum venosum, is rarely cultivated as an ornamental or for its edible tubers. The generic circumscription of Sauromatum was long controversial. It was finally included in Typhonium Schott (Hetterscheid & Boyce 2000, Mabberley 2008). However, very recent molecular phylogenetic research now confirms its independent generic status (Cusimano & al. 2010).


Cusimano N., Barrett M.D., Hetterscheid W.L.A. & Renner S.S. (2010) A phylogeny of the Areae (Araceae) implies that Typhonium, Sauromatum, and the Australian species of Typhonium are distinct clades. Taxon 59(2): 439-447.

Hetterscheid W.L.A. & Boyce P.C. (2000) A reclassification of Sauromatum Schott and new species of Typhonium Schott (Araceae). Aroideana 23: 48-55.

Jäger E.J., Ebel F., Hanelt P. & Müller G. (eds.) (2008) Rothmaler Band 5. Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Krautige Zier- und Nutzpflanzen. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 880 p.

Mabberley D.J. (2008) Mabberley’s plant-book (3th ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: XVIII + 1021 p.

Yeo P.F. (1984) Sauromatum. In: Walters S.M. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 2: 106. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith