Philodendron melanochrysum

Philodendron melanochrysum Linden & André is a beautiful, velvety Philodendron which can grow to very large size if provided with right conditions. Stem is scandent, terete, slender. Petioles are rather robust, slightly sulcate on the upper side, herbaceous, dark green above, somewhat paler below, bright-yellow or young leaves salmon-red; oblong or ovate-oblong, apex rather long-obliquely acuminate, base cordate, posterior lobes short, rounded, separated by a narrow sinus.

It is tolerant of bright light conditions, to achieve the longest leaves and most saturated, copper-tinted or blackish green leaf color that this species is famous for, light levels should not exceed ~6000 lm.

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 melanochrysum

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  • Name: Philodendron melanochrysum Linden & André
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:   Scandent chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range:  Colombia
    Zone: 11-13
    Habitat: d epartments of Antioquia and Chocó, Colombia in very wet foothill rainforests between at 500-800 m
    Height: to 4-5 m
    Spread: 100-200cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: Freebase ID : /m/065y407; PlantList-ID : kew-151761; Tropicos ID : 2103280; IPNI plant ID : 87882-1; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1135287; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2871241; NCBI taxonomy ID : 1804095; WCSPF ID : 151761; Plants of the World online ID :; IRMNG ID : 11407192; iNaturalist taxon ID : 732706; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268807

    Synonyms: =Philodendron andreanum Devansaye = Philodendron grandidens