Philodendron dolichophyllum Croat
  • Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 84: 432 (1997) 

Notes: Distribution: Panama

General Description

Hemiepiphytic, rarely terrestrial on steep banks; stem appressed-climbing, to 3 m long, elongate, leaf scars conspicuous, 1--1.4 cm long, 1--1.3 cm wide; roots few, dark yellow-green, faintly ridged, becoming reddish brown, semiglossy, to ca. 30 cm long, 3--4 mm diam.; internodes short, semiglossy, somewhat scurfy, 4--6 cm long, 2.5--4 cm diam., as long as broad or slightly longer than broad, dark green, drying brown; cataphylls coriaceous, 20--60 cm long, sharply 2-ribbed, pale greenish white, sometimes with reddish base, drying red-brown, deciduous. LEAVES erect-spreading to spreading, the lowermost somewhat pendent; petioles 28--41 cm long, 7--20 mm diam., subterete, somewhat obtusely flattened adaxially, weakly glossy, moderately spongy, dark green to gray-green with a moderately conspicuous dark ring at apex, drying brownish; blades large oblong-lanceolate, subcoriaceous to weakly coriaceous, acuminate to gradually acuminate at apex, gradually tapered toward base or narrowly rounded to weakly subcordate at base, 53--75 cm long, 12--15.2 cm wide (4.4--4.9 times longer than wide), (1.6--2.3 times longer than petiole), broadest at or near middle, upper surface medium green, moderately bicolorous, drying reddish brown, semiglossy, lower surface semiglossy, paler; midrib raised to slightly convexly raised to broadly convex, paler than surface when fresh, drying darker than surface above, rounded, somewhat thicker than broad to acute, paler than surface below; basal veins lacking; primary lateral veins 17--20 per side, departing midrib at a 70--80º angle, slightly arcuate to margin, weakly sunken to moderately obscure above, weakly raised and paler than surface below; interprimary veins slightly less conspicuous than primary lateral veins; minor veins distinct, prominently visible below upon drying, arising from the midrib only. INFLORESCENCES 2--3 per axil; peduncle 9--12.5 cm long, 5--17 mm diam., medium green, minutely white striate, clearly demarcated from the colored spathe; spathe coriaceous, 14--20 cm long, (1.6--1.85 times longer than peduncle), acute at apex; spathe blade green to purplish outside, whitish inside; spathe tube oblong-ellipsoid, purple or maroon outside, purple to reddish inside; spadix sessile, (6)9.5--19 cm long, broadest near the base or above the middle; pistillate portion cylindrical to ellipsoid, 3.2--5.8 cm long, 1.1--1.5 cm diam. at apex, 1.1--1.7 cm diam. at middle, 1.1--1.2 cm wide at base, with 15--17 flowers visible per spiral; staminate portion 6--9.8 cm long; fertile staminate portion white, tapered to clavate, 8--11 mm diam. at base, 7--10 mm diam. at middle, 5--18 mm diam. ca. 1 cm from apex, narrower than or as broad as the pistillate portion; sterile staminate portion as broad as the pistillate portion, 8--11 mm diam.; pistils 1.4--3 mm long, 8--25 mm diam.; ovary 6--8(9)-locular, 9--25 mm diam., with sub-basal, sometimes basal placentation; ovule sac 0.5 mm long; ovules 3--7 per locule, contained within transparent ovule sac, 0.1--0.9 mm long, almost equal in length to funicle, style similar to style type B; style apex flat; stigma discoid, unlobed, 0.6--1.3 mm diam., 0.1--0.4 mm high, covering center of style apex; the androecium truncate, irregularly 4--6-sided, 0.4--0.8 mm diam. at apex; thecae ovate or oblong, 0.2 mm wide; sterile staminate flowers irregularly blunt, 1--2 mm long, 1 mm wide. INFRUCTESCENCE with berries orange, narrowly ovoid-ellipsoid, tapered and obscurely beaked at apex, 1.2 mm long, 9 mm diam.; seeds 2--3 per locule, 0.8--2.8 mm long, 0.2--2.5 mm diam.


Tropical wet forest life zones.


Endemic to Panama (though to be expected in eastern Costa Rica).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Central America Panamá


  • 1 Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 Croat, T.Bernard A revision of Philodendron subgenus Philodendron (Araceae) for Mexico and Central America Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 84, (1997).

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