Pothos philippinensis Engl.
  • Pflanzenr., IV, 23B: 315 (1905) 

Notes: Distribution: Philippines

General Description

Somewhat robust, (heterophyllous?), root-climbing liane to 12 m. Shoot system well differentiated into adherent non-flowering and flowering free lateral branches; eocaul and seedling not observed. LEAVES stiffly chartaceous, drying dull greenish brown, midrib slightly paler; petiole 3–10.5 cm long, slender, sheath rather prominent, extending to just below geniculum, basally clasping, apically briefly ligulate; blade 6–26 × 2–9 cm, ovate to oblong elliptic or narrowly lanceolate, base rounded, rarely minutely truncate or cordate, apex acute to long-attenuate, falcate, apiculate; primary lateral veins arising at c. 45°, intramarginal veins 2 per side, the lowermost arising from the base, outer intramarginal vein remaining very close and parallel to margin. INFLORESCENCE solitary, terminal on a leafy shoot; peduncle (4.5–)8–12 × c. 0.2 cm, stout, nodding to deflexed. Spathe 5–10 × 1.5–2.5 cm, triangular, subcucullate, base clasping peduncle, apex long-acuminate, softly leathery. Spadix sessile but basally decurrent on spathe, 3–7 × 0.3–0.4 cm, cylindrical. Flowers c. 1.3 mm diam., with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens. INFRUCTESCENCE with numerous berries, mostly born towards the bottom of the spadix; fruit 10–15 × 10–11 mm, ellipsoid- to bottle-shaped, ripening deep scarlet, with prominent basal chartaceous tepal remains and a large stigmatic remnant; seeds not observed.


Lowland to hill, primary to secondary rainforest.


Malesia: endemic to and widespread in the Philippines.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Tropical Malesia Philippines


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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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