The genus Rhodospatha comprises about a dozen species of scandent epiphytes native from Mexico to Brazil. The plants are rather bland in appearance, having neither the striking foliage of other aroids nor conspicuous inflorescences. Species have been distinguished largely on slight differences in leaf shape and spadix dimensions. In the course of systematic studies in the tribe Monstereae I have encountered five collections of Rhodospatha, all from the Comisaria del Vaupes of Colombia, which represents a heretofore undescribed species differing significantly from the known species in the morphology of its flowers and seeds.
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