Philodendron squamipetiolatum Croat
  • Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 84: 531 (1997) 

Notes: Distribution: Panama to Ecuador

General Description

Appressed-climbing hemiepiphyte, occurring on understory trees in primary forest, fertile ca. 6 cm above the ground; stems trailing when juvenile, loosely appressed-climbing as adults; internodes 3 - 17 urn lung, 6 -15 mm diam., dark green, soon dark brown, drying yellow-brown, closely ridged-fissured with the surface moderately glossy, granular and with close, scalariform, tufted transversely oriented scales; cataphylls to 29 cm long, terete, unribbed, green and densely whitish scaly, promptly weathering to a loose semiorganized network of slender, pale fibers with fragments of epidermis, the fibers persisting at upper nodes, but soon completely deciduous. LEAVES: petioles erect to spreading, 6-16 cm long, to ca. 6 mm diam., terete, matte, dark green, surface densely covered with antrorse light green scales throughout (these ca. 6 mm long), densely granular-scurfy; blades somewhat pendent when young, spreading with petioles when mature, ovate, subcoriaceous, acuminate at apex, rounded to sub-cordate at base, 15 - 37.5 cm long, 9.5 - 29 cm wide (ca. 1.2 - 2.1 times longer than wide), (1.6 - 2.3 times longer than petiole), upper surface dark green, weakly glossy (subvelvety), drying dark brown, lower surface matte and much paler, drying yellow-brown; posterior lobes broadly rounded; sinus arcuate; midrib narrowly sunken and paler above, round-raised to thicker than broad, darker and densely puberulent below; basal veins 2 - 6(9) per side, with all free to base, or sometimes 3 - 5 pairs coalesced up to 1.5 cm, posterior rib sometimes lacking; primary lateral veins 5 - 7 per side, departing midrib at a 50 - 55º angle, weakly quilt-sunken above, round-raised to thicker than broad, darker and densely puberulent below; minor veins flat but distinct and darker than surface below, some intermittent; "cross-veins" distinct, moderately raised on drying. INFLORESCENCES 1-2 per axil; peduncle subterete, 6 - 8 cm long, densely scaly; spathe 11 - 15.5 cm long, 2 - 2.5 cm diam. when furled, to 6.5 cm wide, and constricted somewhat when flattened, green outside, especially below, densely scaly (the scales whitish), deep reddish inside, especially in the tube; spadix yellowish white, 9.7 - 13.5 cm long, to 1.3 cm diam., only weakly constricted midway; pistillate portion 2.7- 4.7 cm long in the front, 0.7÷1.4 cm diam.; staminate portion 7÷8.8 cm long; fertile staminate portion broadest at upper one-third and bluntly pointed at apex, 6 mm diam. 1 cm from apex; sterile staminate portion 1.2 cm diam.; pistils 2.2 mm long; ovary 5-6-locular, ca. 1.4 mm long, with axile placentation, the sides covered throughout, especially toward apex, with short pale raphide cells; locules 1 - 1.2 mm long; ovules 20 - 30 per locule, 0.1 - 0.2 mm long, oblong, arranged all along the length of the locules; style similar to style type B; short, 0.9 - 1 mm diam., drying with 2 - 5 depressions at apex; stigma 1 - 1.1 mm diam. when flattened and dried. INFRUCTESCENCE not seen.


Premontane rain forest and Premontane wet forest transition to rainforest and Tropical rain forest.


Ranges from Panama to Ecuador. In Panama this species is known only from along the Continental Divide in Cocle Province, whereas in South America it occurs along the Pacific slope of the Andes.

Distribution Map

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


  • 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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