Pothos volans P.C.Boyce & A.Hay
  • Telopea 9: 523 (2001 publ. 2002) 

Notes: Distribution: Borneo (Brunei, Sarawak)

General Description

Slender, heterophyllous(?), root-climbing liane. Shoot system well differentiated into free lateral prominently zig-zagging flowering and adherent non-flowering shoots; eocaul and seedling not observed. LEAVES deep green adaxially, slightly paler abaxially, chartaceous, drying yellow to greyish green with the midrib pale yellow and raised abaxially; petiole 1–3 × 0.1–0.25 cm, slender, sheath rather prominent, extending to base of geniculum, clasping basally, minutely ligulate apically; blade 2.5–15.5 × 1–4.5 cm, narrowly elliptic or lanceolate, occasionally weakly oblique, base subacute to obtuse, apex attenuate-mucronate, acute or attenuate, minutely apiculate; primary lateral veins arising 75–85°, intramarginal veins 2 per side, the outer intramarginal vein remaining very close and parallel to margin. INFLORESCENCE solitary, terminal on leafy shoots, held arching from the tip of the shoot; peduncle 6–7 × 0.05–0.1 cm, very slender, arching, pale green. Spathe 4–5 × 0.9–1.5 cm, broadly ovate-triangularlanceolate, erect and covering spadix, base clasping peduncle, apex acuminate, apiculate, pale green, thinly papery. Spadix sessile, 2–3 × 0.15–0.25 cm, slender cylindrical, yellow-green. Flowers c. 1.1 mm diam., with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens. INFRUCTESCENCE with few berries; fruits 7–10 × 4–6 mm, ellipsoid; seeds not observed.


Ridgetop hill to upper hill kerangas.


Malesia: endemic to Borneo (Sarawak and Brunei Darussalam).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Asia-Tropical Malesia Borneo


  • 1 Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. 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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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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