Pothos papuanus Becc. ex Engl.
  • Bull. Soc. Tosc. Ortic. 4: 267 (1879) 

Notes: Distribution: New Guinea to Solomon Is.

General Description

Vigorous slender root-climbing liane or hemi-epiphyte. Shoot system well differentiated into adherent climbing shoots and free lateral flowering branches; eocaul and seedling not observed. LEAVES pale green, drying dull greyish green; petiole c. 4–8 cm long, to c. 2 cm wide, lamina-like, c. ? the length of to equalling the blade, distally truncate to strongly auriculate, rarely rounded; blade c. 6–12 × 1.2–3.5 cm, narrowly elliptic to (ob)lanceolate, tip tapering to a point but hardly acuminate, base rounded; primary lateral veins diverging at c. 30°, intramarginal veins 2–5 on each side of the midrib, the inner ones arising about midway along its length. INFLORESCENCE solitary or occasionally clustered (to three together), usually lateral on a (sometimes sympodially branched) short shoot in distal leaf axils and subtended by cataphylls, the last and longest of these c. 3 cm long, rarely terminal on a leafy shoot; peduncle to c. 9 cm long, mostly rather robust, gradually increasing in thickness distally, purple-black. Spathe to c. 4 × 1.2 cm, ? to c. 4/5 the length of the spadix, reflexed, oblong-ovate to oblong-lanceolate, pale green to purplish brown. Spadix sessile, 2–4 cm × 3–4 mm, usually more than six times as long as thick, cylindric to somewhat tapering, blunt tipped, yellow. Flowers c. 1.1 mm diam, with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens; INFRUCTESCENCE: fruit to 2 cm × 9 mm, ovoid, ripening through yellow to deep red; seeds not observed.


Well-drained to swampy, primary to secondary lowland to lower montane rainforest.


Solomon Islands. In Malesia: widespread in New Guinea.


The young shoots and fruits are reported to be edible after cooking.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Tropical Papuasia New Guinea
  • Solomon Is.


  • 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 Abranowicz, E. Über das Wachstum der Knollen von Sauromatum guttatum Schott und Amorphophallus rivieri Durieu. 62, (1912).
  • 3 Boyce, P.Charles & Hay, A. A taxonomic revision of Araceae tribe Potheae (Pothos, Pothoidium and Pedicellarum) for Malesia, Australia and the tropical Western Pacific. Telopea. 9 (3), (2001).

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