Philodendron geniculatum

Philodendron geniculatum Bogner & Croat is  quite an very unusual Philodendron. It is a creeping or climbing but not appressed-climbing. Petioles are smooth to slightly rough, dark green to somewhat reddish tinged, rounded below and flat on upper side, basally with a sheath up to 5 cm long, apically with a conspicuous geniculum which is very deep red, and rough. Leaf blades elliptic, subcoriaceous, more or less dark green and weakly glossy above and light green underneath,margin slightly hyaline and sometimes reddish tinged, releasing an aromatic odour when crushed. Venation is parallel-pinnate, veins sunken on upper side andprominent underneath; midrib broad, whitish to whitish-green.

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 geniculatum

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  • Name: Philodendron geniculatum Bogner & Croat
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:  Epiphytic chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range:  Colombia
    Zone: 11-13
    Habitat: According to Graf (1963), the new specieshas been imported to the USA from Colombia. Whilethe exact original collection locality of Philodendrongeniculatum is unknown, there is great likelihood thatthe species occurs in Nariño Department on the westernslopes of the Andes. This part of Colombia is home to P.scherberichii Croat & M. M. Mora, a definitely distinct,but seemingly very closely related species
    Height: to 100cm
    Spread: 100cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers:Tropicos ID : 100387864; IPNI plant ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:77124937-1; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 9561696;  Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:77124937-1;

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded