Philodendron serpens Hook.f.
  • Bot. Mag. 104: t. 6375 (1878) 

Notes: Distribution: Colombia to Ecuador

General Description

Stem scandent, leafy towards the apex, and covered with persistent dark brown fibrous scales. LEAVES: Petiole green, terete, sub-equal in length to the blade, covered with rather thick, subulate, short, dense recurved emergences. Blade bright ('laete') green, thinly coriaceous, broadly sagittate, apex acute or apiculate, base cordate, 30-45 cm long, 14-18 cm wide. Primary lateral veins several, slender, spreading from the midrib at a very obtuse angle, arcuate towards the margin; basal veins 3-4, joined together into a rather thick intramarginal vein. INFLORESCENCE: Peduncle thick, terete, robust, white, slightly longitudinally rugulose. Spathe thick, fleshy, 12-14 cm long, tube ovoid, closed, externally pale pink, internally pale purple, blade boat-shaped, open, apex apiculate, pale yellowish-green, equal in length to the tube. Spadix white, thick, upright, cylindric, apex sub-acute, equal in length or slightly shorter than the spathe. Pistils depressed, 5-6-angled, 5-6-locular, stigma sessile, slightly 5-6-lobed.


Colombia to Ecuador.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Western South America Colombia
  • Ecuador


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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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