Rhaphidophora angustata Schott is a frequently very high-climbing species unmistakable by the scattered fans of large bright-green soft-textured litter-trapping leaves carried on short stout shoots and held at about 90º to the leafless main stem. It is a large, occasionally enormous, robust liane to 20 m. Adult shoot architecture comprised of greatly elongated, clinging, sparsely leafy, non-flowering stems and short, free, sympodial, densely leafy, potentially flowering stems. Petiole is deeply canaliculate, smooth. Leaf lamina entire, falcate-lanceolate to falcate-oblong, oblique, sub-chartaceous, appearing slightly quilted.
Genus name comes from greek rhaphis, rhaphidos (needle) and pher6 (I bear); refers to the macroscopic (to 1 cm long), needle-like unicellular trichosclereids present in tissues.
Name: Rhaphidophora angustata Schott
Type: herbaceous evergreen
Form: scandent chamaephytes
Native Range: Pen. Malaysia to Sumatera
Habitat: Primary to disturbed moist to wet lowland to upper hill dipterocarp forest along rivers, on lofty trees and rocks on both acid and base substrates.
Height: to 20m
Spread: to 200cm
Sun: Part shade
Tolerate: Semi Shade
Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-177699 IPNI plant ID : 88441-1 NCBI taxonomy ID : 258274 GBIF ID : 5329694 Encyclopedia of Life ID : 1131901 WCSPF ID : 177699 Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:88441-1 IRMNG ID : 11443046 World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000295897
Synonyms: = Rhaphidophora laetevirens Ridl. = Rhaphidophora pteropoda (Teijsm. & Binn.) Engl. = Scindapsus pteropodus Teijsm. & Binn.