Philodendron cf lupinum (Philodendron vanninii Croat ined.)

Philodendron cf lupinum (Philodendron vanninii Croat ined.) is an undescribed species typified by its velvety to subvelvety, very colorful subadult leaves. It grows as a hemiepiphyte or an appressed epiphyte. Petioles are terete, thinly striate. Leaf blades are cordate and subvelvety when juvenile, with dark maroon leaf undersides. This Philodendron undergoes quite a radical transformation between its juvenile and mature forms. When mature, leaf blades are obovate-hastate, subcoriaceous, dark green and semiglossy above, moderately paler and matte below.

Best grown under 4000lumens when juvenile to preserve the beautiful colourtion of the sub-adult leaves.

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 cf lupinum (Philodendron vanninii Croat ined.)

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  • Name: Philodendron cf lupinum (Philodendron vanninii Croat ined.)
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:   Scandent hamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range:  Peru and Colombia
    Zone: 12-13
    Habitat: very shady, western Amazonian rainforests
    Height: not yet described
    Spread: not yet described
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: high
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Deep Shade

    Taxon identifiers: not yet described

    Synonyms: not yet described