Pothos longipes Schott
  • Aroideae: 23 (1856) 

Notes: Distribution: E. Queensland to NE. New South Wales

General Description

Slender to moderately robust, very variable as to vigour, root-climbing liane or hemiepiphyte. Shoot system well-differentiated into adherent, climbing shoots and free, lateral flowering branches; eocaul not observed; seedling with congested leaves similar in shape to adult, becoming progressively larger as shoot extends. LEAF rather glossy dark green above, paler to somewhat yellowish beneath; petiole 2–12 cm × 4–14 mm, usually exceeding the blade in length, oblanceolate, distally rounded to truncate to strongly auriculate; blade 1.5–15 cm × 3–15 mm, elliptic to narrowly lanceolate, somewhat acuminate-tipped, base rounded; primary lateral veins diverging at c. 30–40°, intramarginal veins 1 or 2 (or 3) on each side of the midrib. INFLORESCENCE solitary, less commonly paired, in the axils mostly of distal leaves of a flowering branch and subtended by cataphylls, rarely terminal on leafy branchlets; peduncle rather stout, c. 2–5 cm long. Spathe c. 1.5 –4 cm × 5–9 mm, ± lanceolate, wide opening to reflexed, purple-black to greenish. Spadix stipitate, more rarely sessile; stipe to c. 3 cm long and sometimes subequalling the spadix in length (particularly in individuals of very slender dimensions); fertile portion of spadix to c. 6 cm long, slender to rather stoutly cylindrical, yellow to purplish. Flowers c. 1.3 mm diam., with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens. INFRUCTESCENCE with many berries; fruit 8–13 mm long, ovoid, red when ripe; seeds not observed.


In rainforest at low altitudes in the southern part of the range, extending, in warmer latitudes, into montane forest.


Eastern Australia, from northeastern Queensland to the New South Wales North Coast region.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Australasia Australia New South Wales
  • Queensland


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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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