Philodendron fibraecataphyllum M.M. Mora & Croat, ined., in press, is a not yet officially published, very attractive species with ribbed foliage which undergoes a substantial metamorphosis from its juvenile to mature form.
It is an hemiepiphytic appressed-climber. Petioles are cylindrical, firm, dark green, finely palelineate-striate to coarsely pale -warty throughout, matte; basal pulvinus prominent, light green to magenta. Leaf blades are hastate, long-acuminate to abruptlyacuminate at apex , with the basal lobes spreading outwards, subcoriaceous, darkgreen and semiglossy above, slightly palerand glossy 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 fibraecataphyllum M.M. Mora & Croat, ined., in press, also known as Philodendron sp. Peru
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Native Range: Colombia and Ecuador
Habitat: ChocóDepartment (Colombia) and Esmeraldas(Ecuador) from near sea level to 160 melevation in a Tropical wet forest life zone(Holdridge, 1967). However, it is expectedto occur in the Valle, Cauca and NariñoDepartments in Colombia in the lowlandsalong the Pacific Coast.
Height: to 300cm
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: not yet published
Synonyms: no synonyms recorded