Philodendron pipolyi Croat
  • Willdenowia 40: 118 (2010) 

Notes: Distribution: Colombia

General Description

Climbing, sprawling terrestrial or epiphytic plant; internodes elongated, 2.5–5 cm diam., the epidermis light brown, cracking transversely and exfoliating; cataphylls to 28 cm long, drying dark brown, deciduous. Leaves large; petiole whitish striate, convex below, more shallowly convex above, margins rounded, 38–52 cm long, 1.1–1.3 cm diam. at base, 7–8 mm diam. at apex, sheathing to c. 11 cm; blade ovate-sagittate, widest just above the petiole attachment, 38–51 cm long, 32–38 cm wide, 1.2–1.35 × longer than wide, 0.9–1.3 × as long as  petiole, gradually acuminate at apex, conspicuously lobed at base, subcoriaceous, virtually concolorous, glossy on both sides, drying light brown; anterior lobe 27–40 cm long, broadly convex along the margins; posterior lobes 14–20 cm long, 11–14 cm wide, rounded at apex and extending inward; sinus hippocrepiform to spathulate, 9–13 cm deep, 3–10 cm wide; midrib flattish above and paler than the blade, convex below; primary lateral veins 14–18 pairs, arising at 50–70° angle, sunken above and C-shaped below, drying concolorous with the blade above, dark brown below; basal veins 9–13 pairs, the first 1–3 pairs free to the base, the remaining fused to various extent and branching from the posterior rib; posterior rib thick, free for 2–3 cm and then extending for a short distance into the posterior lobes before splitting into individual basal veins; minor veins visible below, darker, forming a network of closely parallel veins between the primary lateral veins. Inflorescences 1–4 per axil;  peduncle terete, (4–)8–15 cm long, 2–3 mm diam., finely whitish striate, drying medium brown; spathe (5–)6–9 cm long, with tube about half the length of the spathe, 6–8 mm diam., blade slightly open, 8–10 mm diam., spathe white, yellow- green, light green with reddish apex or magenta (on both surfaces as described by Grayum & al. 7632); spadix 9.5–10.3 cm long, white, cream, green with reddish tip, sometimes with staminate portion yellow-orange; pistillate portion 5.3–5.5 mm diam. at base and at apex, 6.5 mm diam. midway; staminate portion 4.8–5.3 cm long, sterile staminate portion 4.6 mm long, 4.5 mm diam., scarcely distinguishable from the fertile staminate flowers; pistils 1.1–1.3 mm, 1.2–1.6 mm diam., stigmas 0.6 mm diam., 0.1–0.2 mm thick; locules 6–7 per ovary, ovules 1–2 per locule, 0.13 mm long, the funicle affixed at one side of the base, c. 0.5 mm long; placentation basal.

Diagnostic Description

The species is a member of Philodendron subg. Philodendron sect. Macrobelium subsect. Oligocarpidium characterised by its climbing and sprawling, generally epiphytic habit, its broad ovate-sagittate leaves 1.2–1.35 × longer than wide and widest just above the petiole attachment, its numerous (14–18 pairs) primary lateral veins, its 9–13 pairs of basal veins forming a relatively short posterior rib, and its 1–4 small inflorescences per axil.

Philodendron pipolyi somewhat resembles P. clewellii Croat, a Panamanian species, which also has small inflorescences, but that species only has 4–6 widely spaced primary lateral veins instead of the 14–18 pairs found in P. pipolyi; it also has much fewer basal veins (3–4 pairs instead of 9–13 pairs for P. pipolyi). In addition, P. clewelii has the stem epidermis deeply folded longitudinally but otherwise not transverse-fissured.


Premontane rain forest and Premontane moist forest life zones.


Endemic to Colombia and known only from the Parque Nacional de las Orchideas in Antioquia and Chocó Departments.

Distribution Map

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


 Information From

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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