Philodendron pastazanum K.Krause is an easy to grow terrestrial aroid and should be given plenty of space to crawl. Stems are repent, petioles are firm, longer than blades, medium to dark green, semiglossy, with moderately dense whitish streaks, terete to subterete except obtusely flattened adaxially near apex. Leaf blades are broadly ovate or peltate (posterior lobes overlapping, and the zone of fusion is hidden by a prominent fold on dried specimens), acuminate to cuspidate at apex, broadly sagittate at base, moderately to conspicuously bicolored, obtuse or rounded, subcoriaceous, dark green, glossy to semiglossy to matte-subvelvety above, moderately paler and glossy to semiglossy 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 pastazanum K.Krause
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Native Range: Ecuador to Peru
Habitat: a repent terrestrial plant, with aerial shoots growing laterally along the ground in areas along valleys and cliffs of streams, and in wet areas of disturbed rainforests. The plant is common along the roads of areas in which it is found.
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-151817; Tropicos ID : 2103526; IPNI plant ID : 193133-2; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2870956; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1135253; WCSPF ID : 151817; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:193133-2; IRMNG ID : 10604054; NCBI taxonomy ID : 2153134; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268869
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded