Phyllotaenium lindenii

Phyllotaenium lindenii André has beautiful dark green, ornamental foliage with highly contrasting white veins and prominent lobes. It is a terrestial herb with stem more or less globose and fully subterrenean. Petiole is flattened above, green with purple stripes, sparsely covered with a tangled, reddish-brown scruffy indument. Leaf lamina are saggitate, not peltate, the veins are variegated, cream to pale green above.


This plant has been initially  classified as a Phyllotaenium, then as a Caladium, then as a Xanthosoma, to finally being classified back as a Phyllotaenium.

Phyllotaenium lindenii

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  • Name: Phyllotaenium lindenii André
    Type: Bulb
    Form: Tuber geophyte
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range: Panama to Colombia
    Zone: 12-13
    Habitat: most often found around permanently wet habitats, understory herbs of tropical wet or premontane wet forest
    Height: 40 to 60cm
    Spread: 30 to 50cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Medium
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-28885; IPNI plant ID : 40313-2; Tropicos ID : 2105828; NCBI taxonomy ID : 201266; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 2868366; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1082625; WCSPF ID : 28885; Plants of the World online ID :; iNaturalist taxon ID : 346358; Microsoft Academic ID : 2779569987; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000741662; Freebase ID : /m/0660jt9

    Synonyms: =Caladium lindenii (André) Madison =Caladium lindenii var. sylvestre Grayum  = Phyllotaenium lindenii var. magnificum Pynaert = Xanthosoma lindenii (Andre) Engl. = Xanthosoma lindenii (André) T.Moore