Pothos repens (Lour.) Druce
  • Rep. Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916: 641 (1917) 

Notes: Distribution: China (Yunnan to Guangdong) to N. Vietnam

General Description

Lianas, medium sized to very large, to 15m, root-climbing. Stems weakly 4-angled or slightly compressed terete in cross section, to 20mm in diam. Leaves paler abaxially, bright to deep green adaxially; petiole oblong-obovate-lanceolate to linear-oblong, 50–200 × 5–25mm, broadly winged, base decurrent, apex truncate, slightly auriculate; each side with 2 or 3 barely differentiated primary veins running parallel to midrib and numerous parallel to subparallel and reticulate veinlets, primary and larger secondary veins reaching petiole tip and there curving inward to merge with leaf blade/petiole junction; leaf blade ovate to elliptic or triangular-lanceolate, 20–80 × 10–20mm,base rounded to truncate, apex subacute to acute, briefly tubular-mucronate; primary veins 3(–5), ± parallel, arising from base reaching tip of leaf blade. Inflorescences solitary to several together, congested or spaced along a leafy to naked branching system to 2m; peduncle curving to spreading, slender, 3–8 × 0.5–2mm; terminal part erect, green. Spathe strongly reflexed at anthesis, greenish with margins stained purple, narrowly elliptic, 20–70 × 3–6mm, margins recurved to reflexed, base briefly decurrent, apex apiculate to shortly filiform. Spadix stipitate; stipe erect, greenish to purple, terete in cross section, 10–13 × 1–1.2mm; fertile zone yellow-green to off-white, narrowly cylindric, 40–80 × 2–4mm, sometimes strongly obliquely inserted on stipe. Flowers 1–2mm in diam. Infructescence with few berries. Fruit turbiniform to ellipsoidal, globose at maturity, 7–15 × 10–14mm.


Moist forests, climbing on trees or creeping over rocks.


This plant is used for treating traumatic injuries, fractures, and abscesses.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Temperate China China South-Central
  • China Southeast
  • Hainan
  • Asia-Tropical Indo-China Laos
  • Vietnam


  • 1 Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • 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 Li, H.(g) et al. Araceae in Flora of China @ efloras.org. (2010).

 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.
  • A

    This material was reprinted with permission from the Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, and Science Press, Beijing.

    All Rights Reserved
eMonocot. (2010, 1st November). Retrieved Wednesday, 8th February, 2012, from http://e-monocot.org.
  • B Content licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/ Retrieved 2011 onwards
  • C See http://kew.org/about-kew/website-information/legal-notices/index.htm You may use data on these Terms and Conditions and on further condition that: The data is not used for commercial purposes; You may copy and retain data solely for scholarly, educational or research purposes; You may not publish our data, except for small extracts provided for illustrative purposes and duly acknowledged; You acknowledge the source of the data by the words "With the permission of the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew" in a position which is reasonably prominent in view of your use of the data; Any other use of data or any other content from this website may only be made with our prior written agreement.