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.
Name: Philodendron linnaei Kunth
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: Epiphytic chamaephytes
Native Range: S. Tropical America
Habitat: Alt. 100-500m, an abuandant epiphyte in the forest understory. It is also a common component of vegetation present along roadsides.
Sun: Part shade
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 : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:87858-1; IRMNG ID : 11005077; iNaturalist taxon ID : 566559; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268774
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded