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ar′um fam`ily(ˈɛər əm)
a family, Araceae, of herbaceous plants bearing numerous tiny flowers on a fleshy spike above or sheathed by a large spathe: includes the anthurium, calla lily, jack-in-the-pulpit, and philodendron.
[1545–55; < New Latin, Latin < Greek áron wake-robin]
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|Noun||1.||arum family - anthurium; calla lily; jack-in-the-pulpit; philodendron|
liliopsid family, monocot family - family of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
aroid, arum - any plant of the family Araceae; have small flowers massed on a spadix surrounded by a large spathe
genus Arum - type genus of the Araceae: tuberous perennial herbs of Europe and Asia with usually heart-shaped leaves
Acoraceae, subfamily Acoraceae - used in some classifications for the genus Acorus which is usually assigned to Araceae
Aglaonema, genus Aglaonema - climbing herbs of southeastern Asia having thick fleshy oblong leaves and naked unisexual flowers: Chinese evergreen
genus Alocasia - tropical Asiatic herbs similar to Colocasia but distinguished by a large sterile spadix
genus Amorphophallus - genus of large tropical east Asian cormous aroids: devil's tongue; snake palm
genus Anthurium - large genus of often epiphytic evergreen tropical American plants often cultivated as houseplants
genus Caladium - small genus of tropical South American tuberous perennials with large variously colored leaves
genus Cryptocoryne - water trumpet; aquatic herbs having broad leaves and long slender spathes; often used as aquarium plants
Dieffenbachia, genus Dieffenbachia - evergreen perennial herbs of tropical America with lush foliage and poisonous sap; often cultivated as houseplants
genus Dracontium - small genus of tropical American cormous herbs
Epipremnum, genus Epipremnum - small genus of evergreen lianas of southeastern Asia to western Pacific areas
genus Monstera - tropical American climbing plant with deeply incised leaves
genus Nephthytis - small genus of tropical western African creeping or twining herbs
genus Philodendron - any of several tropical American climbing plants with smooth shiny evergreen leaves
genus Pistia - one species: water lettuce
genus Pothos, genus Scindapsus, Scindapsus - evergreen climbers with adhesive adventitious roots; southeastern Asia and Brazil
genus Spathiphyllum - evergreen rhizomatous perennials of tropical America and Philippines and Indonesia
genus Syngonium, Syngonium - epiphytic or terrestrial climbing shrubs of Central and South America; used as ornamental houseplants for their velvety foliage
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