Philodendron krugii Engl.
  • Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 538 (1899) 

Notes: Distribution: Tobago to Venezuela

General Description

Climber, stem up to at least 8 m long with internodes 3-14 cm long, 0.5-1.1 cm thick, with yellowish, aromatic sap, producing several reddish-brown roots at each node; cataphylls ca. 5 cm long, soon deciduous; LEAVES: petiole (9.5-)16.5-20.5 cm long, ca 0.5 cm thick, (0.5-)0.7-0.9 times as long as lamina, terete, when subtending inflorescence bearing basal sheath 3.5-5 cm long; lamina 19-27.5 cm long, 8.5-15 cm broad, 1.6-2.4 times longer than broad, broadest below petiole insertion (i.e. across posterior lobes), oblong-ovate in outline, slightly constricted above posterior lobes, apex broadly obtuse, ultimately acuminate, base cordate-hastate, posterior lobes rounded, somewhat extrorse, separated by shallow, widely spreading (occasionally narrower) parabolic sinus 0.1 or less times as long as lamina; primary lateral veins of anterior lobe 3-4 on each side, widely spaced, diverging at angle of 50°-65° from midrib; basal veins 2-3, not coalescing proximally to form basal rib, not denuded; INFLORESCENCE: peduncle ca 5 cm long, about half as long as spathe; spathe 9.5-11 cm long, ca 1.5 cm broad when furled, outer surface green, minutely flecked white, inner surface white, red at base; spadix ca 9.5 cm long, basal pistillate portion 3 cm long, 0.7-0.8 cm thick, intermediate sterile staminodial portion ca 0.7 cm long, 0.7 cm thick, apical staminate portion ca 5 cm long, ca 0.7 cm thick; pistils cylindrical with sessile, subglobose stigmas.


Generally distributed in forests of wetter areas but not abundant; A forest climber, flowering rarely.


Trinidad, Tobago. Endemic.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Caribbean Trinidad-Tobago
  • Venezuelan Antilles
  • Northern South America Venezuela


  • 1 Hokche, O., Berry, P.E. & Huber, O. (eds.) (2008). Nuevo Catálogo de la Flora Vascular de Venezuela: 1-859. Fundación Instituto Botánico de Venezuela.
  • 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 Mayo, S.Joseph Araceae. Fl. Trinidad and Tobago. 3(4), (1986).

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