Philodendron tortum

The most pinnatifid of them all? Philodendron tortum M.L.Soares & Mayo is a root-climbing, herbaceous liana. Petioles are dark green with fine dark purplish striae, semi-spongy, adaxial surface slightly sulcate with rounded margins, abaxial surface rounded, extrafloral nectaries purplish near the apex. Leaf blades are deeply pinnatifid, adaxial surface glossy dark green with sulcate midrib, abaxial surface pale green with midrib and primary lateral veins prominent and paler than the lamina.


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 tortum

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  • Name:Philodendron tortum M.L.Soares & Mayo
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:  Epiphytic chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range: N. Brazil to Bolivia
    Zone: 11-13
    Habitat: Root-climber always above 2m on tree boles; in the Ducke Forest Reserve in humid forest ("mata de baixio", "floresta de platô").
    Height: to 3-4m
    Spread: 100-150cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-151998 Tropicos ID : 50177035 IPNI plant ID : 1021437-1 GBIF ID : 2870881 Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1135151 NCBI taxonomy ID : 1804111 WCSPF ID : 151998 Plants of the World online ID : IRMNG ID : 10938998 iNaturalist taxon ID : 564701 World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000269058

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded