Pothos gracillimus Engl. & K.Krause
  • Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 54: 74 (1916) 

Notes: Distribution: Papua New Guinea

General Description

Very slender, diminutive root-climbing liane or hemi-epiphyte. Shoot system very weakly differentiated into non-flowering and flowering branches; eocaul and seedling not observed. LEAVES pale green, sub-chartaceous; petiole c. 1.5–3 cm × 3–4 mm, laminalike, c. ¼–1/3 the length of the blade, distally rounded to somewhat auriculate; blade c. 5–9 cm × c. 3–7 mm, very narrowly lanceolate, apex attenuate, base rounded; primary lateral veins diverging at c. 20°, intramarginal veins 1 or 2 on each side of the midrib. INFLORESCENCE solitary on condensed short shoots in the axils of distal leaves, subtended by cataphylls, the last and longest very narrowly lanceolate, c. 1–1.5 cm long; peduncle to c. 3.5 cm long, very slender. Spathe 6–8 × 4–5 mm, ovate-lanceolate, green. Spadix sessile, c. 3–7 × 3–4 mm, subspherical to ovoid-cylindric, green. Flowers c. 1.2 mm diam., with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens. INFRUCTESCENCE with 1–few berries; fruit ovoid to elliptic-obovoid, c. 1 cm long, cherry red when ripe; seeds not observed.


Lowland to hill forest.


Malesia: endemic to New Guinea; known from only two very widely separated sites.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Tropical Papuasia New Guinea


  • 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.
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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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