Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Typhonium brownii Schott
Schott, H.W. (1857) Aroideae : 11, t.15. Type: in Nova Hollandia-? .. Diagnosis e delineatione Ferd. Bauer, (plantarum Novae Hollandiae).! Australia, New South Wales, Port Jackson, R.Brown 5800 , fl. (BM!, holo; K!) (ref. A.Hay, Blumea 37(2) (1993) 362).
Rhizomes up to 15 x 2-3 cm, creeping and proliferating.
Inflorescence sometimes several in succession; spathe to 20 cm long, convolute in the lower part into an ovoid-globose to broadly globose chamber housing the female zone and sterile interstice, separated from the limb by an abrupt constriction; limb broadly ovate, spreading, acuminate, greenish abaxially, deep purple adaxially; spadix marlkedly shorter then the spathe; female zone basal, 1-2 cm long,followed by a zone ca. 0.5 cm long of filiform sterile organs, then a naked zone to ca. 3 cm long; male zone 1-1.5 x 0.5 cm, the male flowers 2- or 3 staminate; appendix conical, obliquely truncate at the base, to ca. 5 x 2 cm, blackish purple;
Fruiting spathe persistent.
Features not available.
Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and south into New South Wales. Altitudinal range from 200-750 m. Grows in closed forest, Eucalypt forest, deciduous vine thicket and also in various types of shrubland and woodland.
Poisonous to cows and goats (Webb 1948).