Philodendron uleanum Engl.
  • Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 37: 131 (1905) 

Notes: Distribution: S. Trop. America

General Description

Hemi-epiphytic vine. Stem: green with dark green grooves (seen in cultivation), internodes 3-6 cm long. Prophyll 12 x 0.8 cm, narrowly triangular, pale green to cream, becoming maroon. LEAVES: Petiole 6-15 cm long. Leaf blade 27-38 x 10-13 cm, obovate to oblong, base obtuse, apex acuminate (acumen sometimes 1.5-1.8 cm long), subcoriaceous, primary lateral veins 9-12; posterior divisions absent. INFLORESCENCE: 4 per floral sympodium, peduncle 4.5-6.5 cm long. Spathe 7.5-10 x 4-5 cm, ovate, strongly constricted, light green to greenish-cream. Spadix 8.5-9 cm long; male zone 5.5-6 cm long, white; male sterile zone 0.8-1.2 cm long; female zone 1-2 cm long. Flowers: stamens 0.8-1.2 x 0.7-1 mm, intermediate staminodes 1.2-1.8 x 1-1.6 mm, gynoecium 1-1.2 x 0.9-1.1 mm, ovoid, ovary 6-7-locular, uniovulate.


Occurs in “ terra firme”, Amazon forest, sometimes in disturbed areas.


Northern Brazil: Amazonas, Acre and Rondônia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.


Least Concern (LC). Although this species is not frequently collected, its distribution is widespread in Northern and Northwestern South America. The populations do not seem to be included in conservation areas so far.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil North
  • Western South America Bolivia
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru


  • 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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