Philodendron thaliifolium Schott
  • Syn. Aroid.: 81 (1856) 

Notes: Distribution: Venezuela

General Description

Stem scandent, internodes rather long. LEAVES: Petiole slender, 35-50 cm long, 7-8 mm thick at the base, attenuating somewhat towards the apex. Blade thinly coriaceous, elongate-oblong-cordate, 30-45 cm long, 18-22 cm wide; posterior lobes semiovate or semioblong-ovate, retrorse, 7-10 cm long and almost equally wide, separated by a deep, obtuse, subtriangular sinus; anterior lobe gradually narrowing from the base towards the apex in a straight or an arcuate extrorse line, apex itself with a very acute, 2-3 cm long, linear-lanceolate cusp. Midrib rather broad at the base, strongly attenuating upwards, strongly prominent beneath; 5-6 primary lateral veins on each side borne at the base, joined into short posterior ribs; 7-9 costal veins, distinctly stronger than the interjected secondary veins, spreading at an obtuse angle. INFLORESCENCES: Peduncle 4-6 cm long, interrupted green-lineolate. Spathe tube swollen, 5-6 cm long, pale green externally, white internally, blade conchiform, apex long subulate-caudate, 6-8 cm long, yellowish white. Spadix shortly stipitate; female zone cylindric, 3-3.5 cm long, almost 2 cm thick; male zone ca. 2 times longer than the female zone, 1.5-1.8 cm thick at the base, attenuating upwards. Pistils suboblong, with a small round stigma, 4-5-locular. Male flowers usually 4-androus.



Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Northern South America Venezuela


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 Information From

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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