Philodendron ernestii Engl. is an appressed-climbing hemiepiphyte or vine. Leaf blades of juvenile plants are narrowly ovate, to constricted sagitate. Leaves grow in a rosette; petioles are sharply D-shaped or subtriangular with broadly flaring ruffled-winged margins, (sometimes unwinged), broadly convex medially adaxially, convex, rounded or sharply flattened and paler abaxially with dark violet-purple ring at apex, medium green, darker toward margin, weakly glossy. Mature leaf blades are ovate-sagittate to concave ovate, as broad as long or up to 2.5 times longer than broad ; subcoriaceous, slightly bicolorous, dark green and semiglossy with gray-green variegations above, slightly paler and glossy below.
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 ernestii Engl.
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: Epiphytic chamaephytes
Native Range: W. South America to N. Brazil.
Habitat: Tropical moist forest, Premontane wet forest, Tropical wet forest and Lower Montane wet fores
Height: to 5-7m
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-151586;Tropicos ID : 2103416; IPNI plant ID : 193040-2; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2871317; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 11353900; WCSPF ID : 151586; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:193040-2; IRMNG ID : 11005053; NCBI taxonomy ID : 2093182; iNaturalist taxon ID : 560300; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268619
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded