Pothos zippelii Schott
  • Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 1: 131 (1863) 

Notes: Distribution: Maluku to Papuasia

General Description

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 drying dull mid-green; petiole lamina-like, about ¼-? of the length of the blade, to c. 1.4 cm wide, distally rounded to slightly (to pronouncedly) auriculate; blade c. 6–12 × 2–3.5 cm, elliptic to ovate, tip somewhat to very acuminate, base rounded; primary lateral veins diverging at c. 30–45°, intramarginal veins 2 or 3 on each side of the midrib. INFLORESCENCE solitary, rarely clustered, usually subtended by cataphylls on condensed short shoots in the axils of distal leaves, rarely terminal on leafy shoots; peduncle to c. 10 cm long, slender, sometimes gradually thickening distally. Spathe c. 1.2–3.5 cm × 6–8 mm, oblong-ovate to lanceolate, reflexed. Spadix sessile to minutely stipitate, to c. 1–2.5 cm long, ovoid-cylindric, c. twice as long as thick. Flowers c. 1.1 mm diam., with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens. INFRUCTESCENCE: Fruit obovoid, 6–9 mm long, red when ripe; seeds not observed.


Primary to secondary lowland to hill rainforest.


Solomon Islands (Bougainville). In Malesia: Maluku to New Guinea.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Tropical Malesia Maluku
  • Papuasia Bismarck Archipelago
  • 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.
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  • 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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