A stunning and very rare species - Philodendron alternans Schott is hemiepiphitic and has leaves with apices turned upright. Leaf blades are pendent, very narrow strap shaped, with a very fine midrib.
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.
Name: Philodendron alternans Schott
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: Epiphytic chamaephytes
Native Range: Brazil Southeast
Habitat: occurs in forests up to 500 meters
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-151393; Tropicos ID : 2103105; IPNI plant ID : 87628-1; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2871215; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 11334326; WCSPF ID : 151393; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:87628-1; IRMNG ID : 10243589; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268409
Synonyms: ≡ Arum alternum Vell.