Philodendron curvilobum Schott
  • Syn. Aroid.: 102 (1856) 

Notes: Distribution: SE. Brazil

General Description

Hemi-epiphytic vine. Stem: apex green becoming brown when mature, internodes 2-3 cm long. Prophyll 15-21 x 0.8-1.2 cm, narrowly triangular, pale green becoming brownish when old. LEAVES: Petiole 26-35 cm long, green with vinaceous base. Leaf blade 23.5-34 x 14.5-19 cm, ovate to oblong, apex long-cuspidate, base hastate to subcordate, distinctly paler on lower surface, chartaceous; anterior division 22-28.5 x 14.5-19.5 cm, primary lateral veins 3-5 per side; posterior divisions 6-7 x 9.5 cm, acroscopic veins 1-2 per side, basioscopic veins 1-3 per side; basal veins 2-5 per side, with none or rarely 1 free to base; posterior rib naked for 2-4 cm. INFLORESCENCE: Inflorescence: 1 per floral sympodium; peduncle 5-6.5 cm long, green with vinaceous striations. Spathe 8-12 x 3-4 cm, ovate, constricted. Spadix 8-8.5 cm long; male zone 4.5 cm long; male sterile zone 0.5-0.8 cm long; female zone 2.2-2.5 cm long, pale green. Flowers: stamens 0.7-1.2 x 0.5-1 mm; intermediate staminodes 1.3-2 x 1.2-1.5 mm; gynoecium 1,5-2 x 0.7-1 mm, ovoid, ovary 7-12-locular, ovules 3-4 per locule, placentation sub-basal. INFLORESCENCE: Berries not seen.


Hemi-epiphytic in the Atlantic forest.


Southeastern Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo states.


Near Threatened (NT), this species is scattered along a narrow strip of land near the coast, and such forests are under constant threat from land development. The populations in Rio de Janeiro are protected within the Parque Nacional da Serra da Tijuca.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil Southeast


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