Philodendron clarkei Croat
  • Aroideana 27: 47 (2004) 

Notes: Distribution: Ecuador (Esmeraldas)

General Description

Hemiepiphyte; internodes to 4-12 cm long, 1—2.7 cm diam., gray to brown, densely transversely fissured; cataphylls 15-19 cm long, medium green, sharply 2-ribbed (rarely 1-ribbed), pale green-red, deciduous; LEAVES: petioles terete, 11-34 cm long, 3-7 mm wide at point of attachment, 5-11 mm wide at base, slightly thicker than broad, D-shaped, obtusely sulcate medially, with one side obtuse, the other more or less acute, dark green, weakly glossy, obtusely flattened adaxially, short-lineate; blades oblong-oblanceolate, 27— 53 cm long, 12-22 cm wide, widest at 2/5 to % of length, subcoriaceous, dark green and semi-glossy above, moderately paler and almost matte below, acuminate at apex, inequilateral and acute to obtuse or rounded at base, sometimes somewhat cordulate, rarely subcordate; midrib flat (broadly convex) and slightly paler above, narrowly rounded and darker below, sometimes purplish; primary lateral veins (7)8-13 pairs, departing the midrib at a 50-60°, each vein 2.5-6 cm from the next, obtusely sunken, concolorous above, convex, slightly pleated and darker below; minor veins moderately obscure; INFLORESCENCES 6-7 per axil; peduncle 3—4(7.5) cm long, pale medium green, densely striate; spathe 7.5-11(13) cm long, greenish-white to creamy white, red-tinged near base on outer surface, whitish throughout within; spadix 7.5-9.5 cm long; pistil pale green, 1.8-4.5 cm long.

Diagnostic Description

It is characterized by its deciduous, usually 2-ribbed cataphylls, D-shaped to V-shaped petioles, more or less oblong blackish-drying blades with widely spaced primary lateral veins and its clusters of whitish spathes.


Premontane wet forest (P-wf).


Endemic to Ecuador and known only from the western slopes of the Andes in Carchi, Esmeraldas and Pichincha Provinces.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Western South America Ecuador


  • 1 Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update. Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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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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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
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