Philodendron luxurians

Philodendron luxurians Croat, D. P.Hannon & R. Kaufmann is a recently described Philodendron characterized by its terrestrial habit and repent-creeping stem. Petioles are subterete, leaves are erectto spreading. Leaf blades are ovate-cordate,dark green, matte and velvety above,conspicuously paler and faintly reddishpink, semiglossy below, with the 1st and 2nd pair of basal veins free to the base and conspicuous cross-veins with the appearance of crazed glass.

 

The species epithet “luxurians” comesfrom Latin (luxus, luxuriosus), meaning extravagant, luxuriant, profuse, excessive, orimmoderate, and refers to the remarkably attractive velvety leaf blades of this new species.

 

This plant a challenge to grow satisfactorily for longer periods in home conditions. Fairly susceptible to mite infestations if kept warm and dry; under which conditions it will promptly die anyway. It requires very high relative humidity to thrive.

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 luxurians

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  • Name:Philodendron luxurians Croat, D. P.Hannon & R. Kaufmann
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:   Chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range:  Colombia
    Zone: 12-13
    Habitat: Chocó Department: Pacific lowlands, inthe region of the Río Negro, less than 300 m elevation
    Height: to 75cm
    Spread: 100cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Very high
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: none yet published

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded