Philodendron giganteum

Philodendron giganteum Schott is one of the largest scandent philodendrons, in optimal conditions its foliage becomes massive. Petioles are robust, smooth, rather terete, or somewhat flattened above. Leaf blades coriaceous, broadly cordate-ovate, posterior lobes broadly semi-ovate or obliquely semi-orbicular, slightly introrse,  separated by a deep parabolic sinus; anterior lobe ca. 4 times longer than the posterior lobe.

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 giganteum

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  • Name: Philodendron giganteum Schott
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:  Epiphytic chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range:  Caribbean to Brazil (Pará)
    Zone: 12-13
    Habitat: humid tropical forests
    Height: to 10-12m
    Spread: to 200cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: ITIS TSN : 42573; PlantList-ID : kew-151610; Tropicos ID : 2103223; IPNI plant ID : 87774-1; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1135375; USDA PLANTS ID : PHGI2; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2870862; NCBI taxonomy ID : 1465338; iNaturalist taxon ID : 133661; TAXREF ID : 630377; WCSPF ID : 151610; Plants of the World online ID :; IRMNG ID : 10768586; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268647

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded