Philodendron pseudoverrucosum Croat, sp. nov. is a highly attractive Philodendron species and no photos will do it justice.
It is terrestrial or hemiepiphyte on rocky banks in deep shade in forest. Petioles are terete, medium green to dark olive-green, matte to weakly glossy, becoming obtusely flattened adaxially towards apex, usually densely transverse. Leaf blades are ovate-sagittate, prominently lobed at base, thin to softly coriaceous, dark green and matte-velvety above, sometimes pale green along main veins, paler, purple tinged and matte below.
The species epithet comes from the Latin “pseudo” (meaning similar to but not thesame) and “verrucosum” (alluding to its presumed relationship to Philodendron verrucosum Mathieu ex Schott).
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 pseudoverrucosum Croat, sp. nov.
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: Epiphytic chamaephytes
Native Range: Southern Ecuador to northern Perú
Habitat: The species ranges from northern Ecuador to northern Peru at 284–1940 m but primarily between 1000 and 1400 m,occurring in Premontane wet forest andPremontane moist forest life zones.
Height: to 120cmm
Sun: Part shade
Maintenance: very high
Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : tro-50274286; IPNI plant ID : 77135399-1; Tropicos ID : 50274286; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 7774493; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 52512144; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:77135399-1
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded