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Glaucous Philodendron
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Glaucous Philodendron
P Native Unknown Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Glaucous Philodendron
Botanical name: Rhaphidophora glauca    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Monstera glauca, Pothos glaucus, Pothos wallichii

Glaucous Philodendron is a large climber up to 10 m, but frequently smaller, slender to rather robust. Stems are 0.7-2.5 cm in diameter, round in cross section; climbing stems with internodes elongated and rooting. Leaves are scattered, with 1 foliage leaf at each node. Leaf-stalks are 9-33 cm, shallowly channeled, leaf blade pale to strikingly glaucous green below, dull mid-green above, ovate in outline, symmetric, 11.5-42 x 7.5-24 cm, base flat, oblique, or shallowly heart-shaped, tip tapering, variously pinnately cut depending upon degree of maturity. Flowers are borne in an erect, solitary spadix, dull cream-colored, cylindric, 4.5-8.5 cm, 0.8-1.3 cm in diameter at widest point, base slightly tapering, tip flat-rounded. Spathe opens wide, pale glaucous green in bud, opening pale to mid-yellow, waxy, oblong-ovate, 4.5-8.5 x 0.8-1.3 cm, tip tapering. Glaucous Philodendron is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India and SE Asia, at altitudes of 1400-1800 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, J.M. Garg Photographed in Soureni, Mirik, West Bengal.

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