Philodendron malesevichiae Croat
  • Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 84: 487 (1997) 

Notes: Distribution: Panama to Colombia

General Description

Terrestrial, usually less than 1 m tall, sometimes to 1.5 m, reclining against trees; stem creeping over the ground but well rooted in the soil; internodes 2--4 cm long, 1.5--5 cm diam., pale green to whitish, moderately glossy, usually totally hidden by cataphylls, coarsely but faintly white-short-lineate at apex, drying pale brown, epidermis closely and mostly bluntly ridged with ridges close and cracked transversely; roots moderately few per node, drying 2--3 mm diam., dark brown, closely ridged and weakly scaly; cataphylls 21--29 cm long, unribbed, weakly 1-ribbed or weakly 2-ribbed, whitish to maroon or russet, heavily tinged pink toward lower half, drying dark brown to reddish brown, persisting semi-intact at least toward apex with an underlying network of pale, anastomosing fibers, the outer surface becoming fibrous towards the base. LEAVES erect to erect-spreading; petioles 50--56 cm long, 8--19 mm diam., terete or subterete, dark green, tinged purple-violet, weakly glossy, drying dark brown, weakly, obtusely and narrowly sulcate to obtusely flattened adaxially, weakly flattened and often tinged purplish toward apex, faintly striate on surface, sparsely scaly in upper one-third to one-half, scales fine, more or less terete, 1--2 mm long, 0.1 mm diam., green; blades ovate-cordate, subcoriaceous, moderately bicolorous, acuminate to long-acuminate at apex, prominently cordate at base, 33--65 cm long, 23--36 cm wide, upper surface subvelvety-matte, dark green, drying dark brown, lower surface semiglossy, moderately paler, drying medium yellow-brown; anterior lobe 23--48 cm long, 23--36 cm wide; posterior lobes narrowly rounded, 8--25 cm long, 12--14 cm wide; sinus hippocrepiform, 8--14 cm deep; midrib concave, concolorous or paler above, convex or thicker than broad, much darker olive-green and matte, sometimes tinged maroon near base below, drying darker than surface; basal veins 6--9 per side, with upper 2--3 free to base, part of the remainder coalesced 2--4.5 cm; posterior rib naked for 0.5--3 cm, moderately straight; primary lateral veins (3)5--10 per side, 1.7--2.2 cm apart, departing midrib at a 45--60º angle, downturned acutely at the midrib, weakly sunken to weakly quilted above, convex and darker below, often branching toward the margins, drying blackened; interprimary veins persistent in lower half of blades; minor veins moderately visible but not distinct when fresh, moderately distinct on drying, weakly undulate, arising from both the midrib and primary lateral veins. INFLORESCENCES 1--3 per axil; peduncle 4.5--8 cm long, to 4 mm diam., pinkish red, coarsely white lineate toward apex, drying blackened; spathe 8--20 cm long, 1--2 cm diam. when furled, to 5.5 cm wide when open (7--11 cm wide when fully flattened), (2.5)3--3.7 times longer than peduncles, acuminate at apex (acumen 2.5 cm long), semiglossy, in Central America, pale yellow-green, darker green toward middle, white along margins, sometimes tinged with pink, the open margin sometimes violet-purple outside; greenish white and matte throughout within, in South America, spathe tube somtimes reddish outside, dark red to red-violet, suffused onto lower one-half of blade inside; spathe blade to 15 cm long, white within; spathe tube 7.5--8.5 cm long, to 4.3 cm diam. at anthesis; spadix weakly stipitate; 14--15.5 cm long; pistillate spadix (3.4)4--4.3 cm long in front, 2.8--4 cm long in back, 11--16 mm diam. at apex, 1.2--1.8 cm diam. at middle and base; staminate portion 10--13 cm long, 1.2--1.5 cm diam. at base, 1.5--1.8 mm diam. midway, 8--12 mm diam. 1 cm from apex, constricted to 1.5 cm diam. above the sterile portion; sterile staminate portion to 3.4 cm long, 20 cm diam. at base, 10--18 mm diam. at apex; pistils 1.1--2.4(3.5) mm long, 1.2--5 mm diam.; ovary 5--6-locular, with axile placentation; locules 1.3--1.6 mm long; ovules 19--25 per locule, 2--3-seriate, ca. (0.1)0.25--0.3 mm long; funicle as long as or shorter than ovules, 1/3-2/3 as long as the ovule; stigma 1--1.5 mm diam., depressed medially; style similar to style type B, 1 mm diam.; style apex flat to weakly concave; stylar canals arising at base of apical depressions; stigma discoid, 0.8 mm thick, 1.5--18. mm diam.; the androecium truncate to more or less prismatic, margins irregularly 4--6-sided, many 6-sided, ca. 0.6 mm long; thecae oblong, more or less parallel to one another; sterile staminate flowers clavate, irregularly 4--5-sided to ovoid, 0.9--1.3 mm long.


Tropical wet forest.


Ranges from Panama to Colombia. In Panama it is only known from the type locality in Tropical wet forest at 830 to 860 m in Coclé Province. In Colombia it has been collected only along the Pacific Coast in Chocó and Valle at 50 to 150 m elevation.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Central America Panamá
  • Western South America Colombia


  • 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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