ARACEAE, Arum Family

Perennial herbs; leaves broad, cauline and alternate or all basal; inflorescence a spadix surrounded by a broad subtending spathe; flowers hypogynous, monosporangiate or bisporangiate; periantb of 4-6 segments sometimes present in bisporangiate flowers, absent in monosporangiate ones; stamens 2-8; ovary 1-many-Ioculed; style present or stigma sessile.