Philodendron scherberichii

Philodendron scherberichii Croat & M.M.Mora is one of the most impressive species in the genus. It is a hemiepiphyte. Petioles are terete, dark green, semiglossy, weakly short-lineate to striate toward the apex, paler on abaxial side, sometimes pale pink at point of insertion with the blade. Leaves pendant, then spreading-pendant from erect-spreading petioles; blades narrowly ovate-elliptic, dark green, pinkish to reddish when young, semiglossy above, moderately paler and slightly glossier below. Numerous primary lateral veins.

It is said to be very demanding in terms of conditions it requires and is not advised as a houseplant, unless its natural habitat characteristics can be recreated as closely as possible.

The species is named in honour of David Scherberich, head of the living collections of Araceaeat the Jardin Botanique de Lyon, France.

From the Modern Latin genus name Philodendron (Schott, 1830), from Greek philodendron, neuter of philodendros "loving trees," from philo- "loving" (see philo-) + dendron "tree" (from PIE *der-drew-, from root *deru- "to be firm, solid, steadfast," also forming words for "wood, tree"). The plant so called because it clings to trees.

Philodendron scherberichii

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  • Name: Philodendron scherberichii Croat & M.M.Mora           
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:  Epiphytic chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range:  Colombia
    Zone: 12-13
    Habitat:  Occurring in montane tropical wet forest transitional to montane tropical rainforest
    Height: 1,5m
    Spread: 1m
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-373806; Tropicos ID : 50312910; IPNI plant ID : 77086182-1; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2870960; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 5993390; WCSPF ID : 373806; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:77086182-1; iNaturalist taxon ID : 704927; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000836528

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded