Philodendron linnaei

Philodendron linnaei Kunth is quite an unusual and rarely encountered Philodendron.  It is an appressed hemiepiphytic climber  which can grow up to 10m or more, forming a series of several to many rosettes of tightly grouped leaves at intervals on interconnecting and often leafless stems. Petioles are subterete, obtusely and narrowly sulcate to obtusely D-shaped, obtusely flattened or sunken adaxially, medium green, sometimes yellowish abaxially, matte. Leaf blades oblanceolate to oblong elliptic, strongly to weakly apiculate at apex, narrowly cuneate at base, moderately coriaceous, moderately bicolorous, dark green above and semiglossy, moderately paler, weakly glossy, and may be tinged purplish 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.

Philodendron linnaei

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  • Name: Philodendron linnaei Kunth
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:   Epiphytic chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range:  S. Tropical America
    Zone: 21-13
    Habitat: Alt. 100-500m, an abuandant epiphyte in the forest understory. It is also a common component of vegetation present along roadsides.
    Height: >10mm
    Spread: 100-200cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-151730; Tropicos ID : 2103270; IPNI plant ID : 87858-1; NCBI taxonomy ID : 267612; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2870988; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1135310; TAXREF ID : 731596; WCSPF ID : 151730; Plants of the World online ID :; IRMNG ID : 11005077; iNaturalist taxon ID : 566559; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268774

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded