Philodendron puhuangii Croat
  • Aroideana 33: 114 (2010) 

Notes: Distribution: Colombia

General Description

Hemiphytic vine, the ends of the stem hanging down; sap brown; cataphylls deciduous; internodes longer than broad, to 3 cm long, epidermis gray-brown, weakly glossy, smooth, drying 1.5-2 diam., conspicuously and acutely folded, yellow-brown, matte; petiole 28--32 cm long (averaging 30 cm), 4-8 mm diam., at middle, subterete, obtusely and shallowly sulcate, drying dark brown, 4-8 mm diam., matte, finely ridged, sheathed 6-7 cm at base and partially enclosing the peduncles; blades narrowly ovate-sagittate, 30-37.5 cm long, 20-24 cm wide (averaging 34 X 22 cm), 1.4-1.5 times longer than wide, 1.0-1.2 times longer than petioles, dark green and semiglossy above, slightly paler and semiglossy below; anterior lobe 24-29.5 cm long, the margins drying undulate; posterior lobes 10-11.5 cm long, 7-8.5 wide, directed toward base; sinus hippocrepiform to narrowly V-shaped, 8--9 cm deep, 6-6.7 cm wide; basal veins 5-6 per side, the 1st and sometimes the 2nd free to the base, the 2nd (-3rd) coalesced 2-3 cm; posterior rib naked 2.5-3.5 cm along the margin; major veins drying more or less flattened, paler than surface above, more prominently raised and prominently ridged, paler below; primary lateral veins 5-9 per side, arising mostly at an acute angle, spreading at 45-60° angle; interprimary veins present and not markedly less distinct than primary lateral veins; minor veins drying not at all raised, but instead with prominent sunken undulations, lacking any sign of secretory canals or cross-veins and with the surface densely rather than sparsely granular on magnification. INFLORESCENCES 5 per axil with peduncle medium green, 8.5-11.5 cm long, 5-6 mm diam.; spathe 5.4-5.8 cm long, greenish white at anthesis, the spathe tube becoming red, the spathe blade pale, almost orange; pistils 1.4-1.5 mm long, with style drying blackened medially with a prominently irregular margin and with the stigma stalked to ca. 0.4 mm on drying; ovary ca. 1.2 mm long, 4-5-locular, ovules 0.4 mm long, 1 per locule, with basal placentation.


Philodendron puhuangii is now known only from the type locality of La Planada, in Colombia (Nariiio), at elevations of 1,820-1,850 m, in Premontane wet forest life zone.

Distribution Map

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


  • 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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