I have been growing a Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ for
about 6 months. A couple of weeks ago I noticed two odd features (mutations?)
that I had never seen before.
The first is that two stems have “fused”
together – all the way from the base of the stem to the leaf, including
the first lobe of the leaf on one side.
The other possible mutation is a small extra leaf(?) rising
from the midrib near the base of one leaf. It reminds me of the small
leaf that grows in the middle of the cladode of Ruscus hypoglossum. (See
this blog post with pictures: http://itinerantgardener.blogspot.com/2009/01/tricksters.html)
You can see my pictures of both mutations here:
The thumbnail images are links to the full size images on
Flickr. There is one image of the small, extra “leaf” and four
images of the fused leaves.
Has anyone encountered these 2 growth habits before? Are
they normal or do I have a special plant? J