Rhaphidophora decursiva

Rhaphidophora decursiva (Roxb.) Schott is a very rarely offered for sale aroid, which presents beautiful palm-like foliage at all stages of maturity.  These plants, when mature, grow as very large, robust lianas, to 20m or more. Leaves afre  scattered, each foliage leaf separated from next by several cataphyll-bearing nodes. Petioles are green, cylindric, shallowly canaliculate. Juvenile leaf blades are orbicular, mature leaf blades are pale green abaxially, green adaxially, oblong-ovate, ovate in outline.

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.

Rhaphidophora decursiva

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  • Name: Rhaphidophora decursiva (Roxb.) Schott
    Type: herbaceous evergreen
    Form:   scandent chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range: Indian Subcontinent to S. China and Indo-China
    Zone: 11-13
    Habitat: Subtropical and warm temperate mixed upper hill to lower montane broad-leaf forest. 350–1800 m asl.
    Height: to 15m
    Spread: 100-175cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Low
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: Freebase ID : /m/065yc7f; PlantList-ID : kew-177736; Tropicos ID : 2103921; IPNI plant ID : 88471-1; NCBI taxonomy ID : 258281; Flora of China ID : 200027315; Global Biodiversity Information Facility ID : 5329707; Encyclopedia of Life ID : 113187;9 Catalogue of Life in Taiwan ID : 201162; WCSPF ID : 177736; Plants of the World online ID : urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:88471-1; IRMNG ID : 10767498; iNaturalist taxon ID : 431536; Flowers of India ID : Creeping Philodendron; Microsoft Academic ID : 2780191336; CAB ID : 259809; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000295939

    Synonyms: = Monstera decursiva (Roxb.) Schott ≡ Monstera multijuga K.Koch = Monstera multijuga K.Koch ex Ender = Monstera multijuga infrasubsp. publ ≡ Pothos decursivus Roxb. = Raphidophora decursiva (Roxb.) A.Schott = Rhaphidophora affinis Schott = Rhaphidophora eximia Schott = Rhaphidophora grandis Schott = Rhaphidophora insignis Schott = Scindapsus decursivus (Roxb.) Schott