Re: Rhaphidophora Decursiva = Philodendron ? NO!
- To: lindsey
- Subject: Re: Rhaphidophora Decursiva = Philodendron ? NO!
- From: "Peter Boyce" <P.Boyce@lion.rbgkew.org.uk>
- Date: Wed, 8 Jan 1997 10:23:05 -0600
Saw your mail about Rhaphidophora vs Philodendron and felt driven to
put finger to keyboard. Rhaphidophora hasn't been 'retired' in favour of
Philodendron. Both are 'good' genera and are, in fact, not even closely
related (other than both being in Araceae).
Rhaphidophora is in tribe Monstereae along with Monstera, Scindapsus,
Rhodospatha, Amydrium, Alloschemome, Stenospermation and
Epipremnum. Tribe Monstereae is grouped with tribes Spathiphylleae
(Spathiphyllum & Holochlamys), Anadendreae (Anadendrum) and
Heteropsideae (Heteropsis) in subfamily Monsteroideae.
Philodendron is the only genus in tribe Philodendreae and is most
closely related to tribes Homalomeneae (Furtadoa and Homalomena) and
Anubiadeae (Anubias) and probably also linked to tribe Culcasieae
(Culcasia and Cercestis (including Rhektophyllum)), and belongs to
Having bored most subscribers silly with the above, the question
remains as to what the plant in Huntington is.
>From your description of the leaves and, especially, the glaucous
infructescences, I would GUESS that the plant IS Rhaphidophora
decursiva (tropical and subtropical Himalaya, extending to N.
Thailand, N. Vietnam, Laos and 'tropical' China). However, I'd need to see a
specimen of the leaf and a ripe infructescence to be sure. If it is
a Rhaphidophora then each ovary of the fruit would contain many small
ellipsoid seeds with a smooth, rather brittle, seed coat.
Another possibility is that it could be Epipremnum pinnatum is one
of its MANY manifestations. Plants of E. pinnatum from Cebu,
Philippines, are notably glaucous, especially the infructescences.
However, the lack of leaf lamina perforations doesn't support this
being E. pinnatum, which is invariably perforate. Alternatively, it
might be a Monstera. Although I am not aware of a species with
glaucous infructescences, I don't know Monstera at all well and
you'd be best asking Tom Croat if there are any Monstera that might
fit the bill.
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