Philodendron sphalerum Schott
  • Prodr. Syst. Aroid.: 235 (1860) 

Notes: Distribution: Guianas to N. Brazil

General Description

Hemi-epiphytic vine. Stem: greyish, internodes 1-1.7 cm long. Prophyll 7.5 cm long, cream. LEAVES: Petiole 17-24 cm long, slightly canaliculate adaxially. Leaf blade 23-29 x 8.5-13 cm, ovate to ovate-elliptic to elliptic, apex cuspidate (2 cm long), base cuneate, more rarely truncate, distinctly paler on lower surface, chartaceous, primary lateral veins 6-7 per side; posterior divisions absent. INFLORESCENCE: 3-4(-8) per floral sympodium, peduncle 6-8 cm long. Spathe (5)-8.5-12.5 x 1.8-2.5 cm long, lanceolate, moderately constricted, pale green inside and outside. Spadix 8.5-11 cm long, male zone 5.6-6 cm long, cream; male sterile zone 1.8-2 cm long, green; female zone 2.5-3 cm long, green. Flowers: stamens 0.8-1.8 x 0.6-1.5 mm; intermediate staminodes 1.5-2.3 x 1-1.5 mm; gynoecium 1.2-1.5 x 1-1.5 mm, ovary 5-6-locular, uniovulate, placentation basal.


Hemi-epiphytic in Amazon forest: “mata de baixio” and forest on terra firme.


Widespread in Northern Tropical America, Brazil, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana.


Least Concern (LC). Although this species is not frequently collected, its distribution is widespread in Northern South America. In Brazil there are populations protected within the Reserva Ducke, Amazonas state.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil North
  • Northern South America French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Suriname


  • 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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