Philodendron eximium Schott
  • Oesterr. Bot. Wochenbl. 3: 378 (1853) 

Notes: Distribution: E. Brazil

General Description

Hemi-epiphytic vine. Stem: apex green becoming brown in the mature parts, internodes 1-5 cm long. Prophyll 35.5 x 5.5 cm, triangular-linear; green to greenish-cream to vinaceous green with vinaceous staining. LEAVES: Petiole 37-46 cm long. Leaf blade 40-60 x 25-46 cm, ovate to broadly ovate, apex acute to acuminate, base cordate, distinctly paler on lower surface, subcoriaceous; anterior division 29 – 41 x 25 – 46 cm, primary lateral veins 4 – 5 per side, interprimary veins well-differentiated; posterior division 9 – 18 x 20 – 24 cm, acroscopic veins 1-3 per side, basioscopic veins 1-2 per side; basal veins 2-6 per side, with none free to base; posterior rib naked for 2-3 cm. INFLORESCENCE: Inflorescence 1-5 per floral sympodium; peduncle 9-11 cm long, cream to creamy-green. Spathe 18-26.5 x 2-3, narrowly oblong, not constricted, outside green with tiny white grooves, becoming white near and during anthesis, bright cream inside. Spadix 20-24 cm long, male zone 11-12.5 cm long, cream becoming pinkish, intermediate male sterile zone 2.5 cm long, cream, female zone 6-7.5 cm long, greenish. Flowers: stamens 1-1.5 x 0.8-1 mm, intermediate staminodes 1.3-2 x 0.8-2 mm, gynoecium 1.8-2.5 x 1.2-2 mm, ovary 6-10-locular, ovules 2-4 per locule, placentation sub-basal. INFRUCTESCENCE: Berries not seen.


Hemi-epiphytic in tropical forest.


Southeastern Brazil, more common in Atlantic forest of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but also ocurring further north in Pernambuco (Northeastern Brazil).


Least Concern (LC). With a wide distribution in Southeastern Brazil, this species is not particularly threatened. However, with the increasing destruction of the Brazilian Atlantic forest vegetation, it may be already locally endangered in Pernambuco where it has been found only once.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil Northeast
  • Brazil Southeast


  • 1 Sakuragui, C.M., Mayo, S.J. & Zappi, D.C. (2005). Taxonomic revision of Brazilian species of Philodendron. Kew Bulletin 60: 465-513.
  • 2 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.
  • 3 Sakuragui, C.M., Mayo, S.Joseph & Zappi, D.C. Taxonomic revision of Brazilian species of Philodendron section Macrobelium Kew Bull. 60, (2005).

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