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The aroid family (Araceae) contains some of the most beautiful and outlandish plant species in the plant kingdom. Many make the best bold house plants for all-season color. When things turn chill and gloomy outside, a bold-leaved, evergreen aroid is a very nice thing to have inside. They clean the air and bring tropical beauty to homes.
The Araceae contains several well-known cultivated foliage and flowering plants. e.g., Philodendron, Monstera, Spathiphyllumand Anthurium. A number of important food crops belong to the Araceae, e.g., taro (Colocasia esculenta), tannia or cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium), elephant yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius), konjac (A. konjac) and giant yam (Cyrtosperma merkusii). Members of the family are highly diverse in life forms, leaf morphology, and inflorescence characteristics. Life forms range from submerged or free-floating aquatics to terrestrial (sometimes tuberous), and to epiphytic or hemiepiphytic plants or climbers. Leaves range from simple and entire to compound and higly divided, and may be basal or produced from an aerial stem. The family Araceae is defined by bearing small flowers on a fleshy axis (spadix) subtended by a modified leaf(spathe). There is much variation on this theme.
This is a print of an illustration of the flowers of the Jack-In-The-Pulpit and other Aroids. The original illustration is a pen and ink drawing on acid-free Strathmore Bristol Board paper. The print is on glossy photo paper. It is an 8 x 11 inch print. The artist has created botanical illustrations for publications that have been published by the New York Botanical Garden and the University Press of Florida.