Philodendron polypodioides

Philodendron polypodioides is said to be either an abberant form of Philodendron pedatum  Kunth or a new, undescribed species. It is characterized by very narrow, lacey, multi-lobed leaf blades which give it a very delicate, fragile appearance.

It is an hemiephiphytic appressed climber. Petioles are terete or subterete. Leaf  blades are  pedatisect, deeply lobed, subcoriaceous, semiglossy, moderately bicolorous, medium to dark green above, highly variable in size.

From our experience it is a very quick and prolific grower, but many growers complain about this plant being very slow.

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 polypodioides

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  • Name: Philodendron polypodioides 
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:   scandent chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range:  French Guiana
    Zone: 11-13
    Habitat:  Tropical moist forest, Tropical wet forest, Premontane wet forest, and Premontane moist forest life zones.
    Height: unknown
    Spread: unknown
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers (Philodendron pedatum): PlantList-ID : kew-151820; Tropicos ID : 2103303; IPNI plant ID : 87928-1; NCBI taxonomy ID : 400869; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2870914; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1135251; WCSPF ID : 151820; TAXREF ID : 447730; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:87928-1; IRMNG ID : 10770190; iNaturalist taxon ID : 84592; CAB ID : 242186; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000268873

    Synonyms (Philodendron pedatum): ≡ Caladium pedatum Hook. = Dracontium laciniatum Vell. = Philodendron amazonicum Engl. ≡ Philodendron duisbergii Epple = Philodendron duisbergii Epple ex G.S.Bunting = Philodendron laciniatum (Vell.) Engl. = Philodendron laciniatum subsp. weddellianum Engl. = Philodendron laciniatum var. laciniatum (Vell.) Engl. = Philodendron laciniatum var. palmatisectum Engl. = Philodendron laciniatum var. weddellianum Engl. = Philodendron laciniosum Schott = Philodendron pedatum var. weddelianum Engl. = Philodendron polypodioides A.M.E.Jonker & Jonker = Philodendron quercifolium Engl. = Philodendron weddellianum Engl.