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Zantedeschia aethiopica (Arum Lily)

Synonyms: Arodes aethiopicum; Calla aethiopica; Calla ambigua; Calla moschata; Colocasia aethiopica; Otosma aethiopica; Pseudohomalomena pastoensis; Richardia aethiopica; Richardia africana

Wikipedia Abstract

Zantedeschia aethiopica (known as calla lily and arum lily) is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland.
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Invasive Species

A very popular ornamental species, Zantedeschia aethiopica is cited as invasive in many countries, from hot and moist temperate zones to tropical and subtropical zones. It grows in dense stands preventing the regeneration of local flora. Zantedeschia aethiopica is also highly toxic and can cause death if ingested by humans or livestock.
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Height [2]  39 inches (1 m)
Width [2]  24 inches (0.6 m)
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [2]  Monoecious
Hazards [2]  Many plants in this family are poisonous raw, due to the presence of calcium oxylate crystals. If eaten raw, this toxin gives you a sensation as if hundreds of tiny needles are sticking into the mouth, tongue etc. However, it is easily destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant. Although no specific mention has been seen for this plant it is wise to assume that it is poisonous in its raw state.
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Structure [3]  Herb
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes 5491 England, United Kingdom
Farallon National Wildlife Refuge IV 352 California, United States
Fernkloof Nature Reserve 3417 Western Cape, South Africa
Isles of Scilly Complex 66350 England, United Kingdom    
Lands End and Cape Bank 74557 England, United Kingdom  
Lizard Point 34565 England, United Kingdom    
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Norfolk Island National Park II 1723 Australian external territories, Australia  
Reserva de la Biosfera de Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve V 1777 Spain  
Tapantí-Macizo de La Muerte National Park II 12767 Costa Rica

Emblem of



Acantholybas brunneus[4]
Aulacorthum solani (Foxglove aphid)[4]
Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis (Greenhouse thrip)[4]
Hippotion eson[5]
Hippotion osiris[5]
Oxythyrea funesta[4]
Pulvinaria psidii (green shield scale)[6]
Rhizoecus falcifer (ground mealybug)[6]
Thrips tabaci (Onion thrip)[4]


S. Africa, widely cultivated elsewere; Tapantí-Macizo de La Muer National Park;



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
6Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
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