Dracontium spruceanum

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Dracontium spruceanum
1880 Botanical illustration of Dracontium spruceanum
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Dracontium
D. spruceanum
Binomial name
Dracontium spruceanum
  • Cyrtosperma spruceanum (Schott) Engl.
  • Dracontium carderi Hook.f.
  • Dracontium costaricense Engl.
  • Dracontium loretense K.Krause
  • Dracontium ornatum K.Krause
  • Dracontium trianae Engl.
  • Echidnium spruceanum Schott

Dracontium spruceanum is a tropical flowering plant species of the Amazon rainforest understory. It has been found in the South American countries of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela, as well as in the Central American countries of Costa Rica and Panama.[1]

Common names for Dracontium sp. include jergón sacha (or sacha jergon), fer-de-lance, hierba del jergon, erva-jararaca, jararaca, jararaca-taia, milho-de-cobra, and taja-de-cobra.[2]

Guang Hua Zhu identified two varieties of the species: Dracontium spruceanum var. asperispathum and Dracontium spruceanum var. grandispathum.[3]


  1. ^ "Dracontium spruceanum" at the Encyclopedia of Life
  2. ^ Taylor, Leslie. "Jergón Sacha (Dracontium sp.)". Tropical Plant Database. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Dracontium spruceanum". Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 20 June 2013.

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