Philodendron gigas Croat is one of the three largest growing Philodendron species. It is ha scandent vine, growing to 15--20 m; stem appressed-climbing (or scandent when preadult). Petioles are subterete, medium to dark green, semiglossy, weakly and obtusely flattened adaxially, especially near apex, surface densely and finely short-lineate to faintly striate. Leaf blades ovate to narrowly ovate, moderately coriaceous, bicolorous, acuminate at apex cordate to sagittate at base, subcoriaceous, margins hyaline, upper surface dark green, velvety, matte, lower surface slightly paler, semiglossy to matte, sometimes tinged pale reddish between veins.
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 gigas Croat
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: Epiphytic Phanerophytes
Native Range: Panama
Habitat: Premontane wet forest and Tropical wet forest.
Height: to 20m
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: Freebase ID : /m/065yngf; PlantList-ID : kew-151611; Tropicos ID : 2106351; IPNI plant ID : 997966-1; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2870847; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1135374; WCSPF ID : 151611; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:314280-2; IRMNG ID : 11435834; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268648
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded