Philodendron inops Schott
  • Oesterr. Bot. Z. 4: 99 (1859) 

Notes: Distribution: Brazil (Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo)

General Description

Hemi-epiphytic vine. Stem: green apex becoming straw-coloured in mature parts, 2.5-4 cm long. Prophyll 20 x 1.5 cm, narrowly triangular, pale green. LEAVES; Petiole 29-46 cm long, green to brownish. Leaf blade 30-38 x 11-14.5 cm, ovate-triangular, apex acute, base subcordate to cordate or subsagittate, subcoriaceous; anterior division 21 x 11-14.5 cm, primary lateral veins 5-6 per side, not very well-differentiated; posterior divisions 9-11 x 5-7 cm, acroscopic veins 3, basioscopic veins 0-1; basal veins 3-4 per side, none free to base; posterior rib naked for 0-1.3 cm. INFLORESCENCE: 1 per floral sympodium, peduncle 7-8 cm long. Spathe 13-14 x 3-4 cm, ovate, moderately constricted, green outside, white with vinaceous base inside. Spadix 12-13 cm long, male zone 8-9 cm long, cream; male sterile zone 1.2-1.5 cm long white; female zone 3-3.5 cm long, pale green becoming chestnut-coloured. Flowers: stamens 0.9-1.2 x 0.7-1.2 mm; staminodes 1.5-2.8 x 1.2-2 mm; gynoecium 1.2-1.5 x 0.8-1 mm, ovoid, ovary with 5-7 locules, ovules 4-5 per locule, placentation sub-basal. INFRUCTESCENCE: Berries not seen.


Hemi-epiphytic in tropical forest.


Southeastern Brazil: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro states.


Data deficient (DD); known from only two localities, more records of this species are needed to evaluate its conservation status.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil 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).

 Information From

CATE Araceae
Haigh, A., Clark, B., Reynolds, L., Mayo, S.J., Croat, T.B., Lay, L., Boyce, P.C., Mora, M., Bogner, J., Sellaro, M., Wong, S.Y., Kostelac, C., Grayum, M.H., Keating, R.C., Ruckert, G., Naylor, M.F. and Hay, A., CATE Araceae, 14 Dec 2011 . 17 Dec 2011.
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