Philodendron huashikatii Croat
  • Rodriguésia 56: 104 (2005) 

Notes: Distribution: N. Peru

General Description

Hemiepiphytic appressed climber; internodes 1-2 cm long, light tan-brown, semiglossy, with epidermis transversely fissured, peeling; roots few at each node, to less than 10 cm long, drying reddish brown, densely puberulent; drying 5-7 mm wide; cataphylls (6) 9-14 cm × 3-6 mm at base to 2-4 mm wide near apex, drying medium brown to dark olive-green. LEAVES: Petioles subterete, with a dark purple ring at the apex, drying ribbed, (11-15) 18-26 cm × 4-5 mm; blades oblong-oblanceolate, 49 × 14.5 cm, drying dark grayish green to grayish brown, rarely tinged weakly with yellow above, yellowish green to grayish green below, gradually to abruptly long-acuminate at apex, cordulate, sometimes rounded-truncate at the base; sinus to 1.7 cm deep; midrib thickly convex and concolorous above, convex below, drying convex and concolorous above, bluntly acute and brownish below, darker than the surface; primary lateral veins 8-14 per side, arising at 60-90° angle, weakly arched to the margins, drying weakly raised and concolorous above, weakly raised with several weak ribs paler than surface below; minor veins moderately conspicuous, weakly raised and frequently minutely undulate on drying sometimes with weak cross-veins visible below. INFLORESCENCE 1 to 4 per axil; peduncle 4.2-6.5 cm long (13-14 cm long in fruit), drying dark brown, 2.5 mm diam., matte; spathe green, 6.3-8.3 cm long, drying 7-1.7 cm diam., dark yellowish brown, matte; spadix drying reddish brown or cream-tan, 4-9 × 0.5-1 cm at midpoint, pistillate portion 4-5 × 0.8-1.1 cm, pistils 2 × 2 mm, sides ribbed, minutely granular; style 0.8-0.9 mm wide, quadrangular to subrounded, minutely granular on drying at high magnification; stigma funnel-shaped, 0.15 mm diam., raised above the style; ovary 4-locular; ovules 1 per locule; seeds narrowly fusiform, 1.4 × 0.4 mm, tapered weakly toward both ends, light brown.

Diagnostic Description

Philodendron huashikatii is most similar to P. uleanum Engl., which has similar leaves and is in the same section and series, but P. uleanum has larger inflorescences to 15-22 cm long, peduncles 6-11 cm long, spathes 9-12.5 × 1.5-2.5 cm, and dries dark reddish brown.


Tropical wet forest (T-wf) and Premontane wet forest (P-wf) life zones.


Currently known only from Amazonas Department in Peru.

Distribution Map

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


  • 1 Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update. Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 Croat, T.Bernard, Swart, A. & Yates, E.D. New species of Araceae from the Río Cenepa region, Amazonas Department, Perú. Rodriguésia. 56(88), (2005).

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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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