Philodendron sp. 'El Choco red' is an undescribed, scandent Philodendron, possibly a new species. It is a stunning, soft leaved, velvety aroid with the most beautiful, luminous foliage. It is a terrestrial, sometimes a short hemiepiphytic species. Petioles are warty with white scales and tinged red or green. Leaf blades are cordate, conspicuously subvelvety adaxially and carmine to crimson abaxially surfaces when juvenile and fading to green when mature.
It could also be Philodendron triumphans Gard. Chron. ined., a Philodendron with an obscure description from 1898 in in the Gardener’s Chronicle (only from horticulture), but without a herbarium specimen or full data. It is proposed by many botanists and collectors to reinstate this name for this species.
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 sp. 'El Choco red'
Name: Philodendron sp. 'El Choco red' (Philodendron triumphans Gard. Chron. ined.)
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: Epiphytic chamaephytes
Native Range: Colombia
Habitat: not yet described (epiphyte)
Height: not yet described
Spread: not yet described
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: none yet recorded
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded