Re: Philodendron variifolium Schott
- Subject: Re: Philodendron variifolium Schott
- From: ExoticRainforest <Steve@exoticrainforest.com>
- Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:01:25 -0600
Thanks Alison. If we can get Dr.
Croat to respond I believe he would say this is just another of the
multiple photo errors in Mr. Graf's books. I am personally aware of
quite a few including the plant he calls "Philodendron cannifolium"
which is correctly Philodendron martianum. I doubt it will
ever happen but aroids should totally drop the use of the name
interesting thing about that error is it may have been caused by Dr.
von Martius for whom Philodendron martianum was named! I do my
best to explain that in the link.|
If you go to this link you can see a photo of the real Philodendron
variifolium which looks nothing like the plant many of us have
grown using that name which is truly Philodendron brandtianum:
I'm still trying to find a specimen of the real Philodendron
variifolium so if any of you have a plant that looks like the the
in these photos please drop me a line.
I was able to get a short description of Philodendron variifolium from
the Kew's CATE Araceae:
Petiole terete, 20-25 cm long, shortly and narrowly sheathed in the
lower part. Blade thinly coriaceous, shape decidedly diverse,
cordate-oblong or sagittate-oblong, rarely hastate or hastate-oblong,
apex with a 1-1.5 cm long cuspid, 20-26 cm long, 6-7 cm wide halfway;
posterior lobes very short and very obtuse or elongate-oblong obtuse,
separated by a short, wide, very open sinus, apex curved upwards; the
posterior ribs in hastate blades are weak, horizontal, curving upwards
in a sigmoid-curve, lateral veins of the anterior lobe all sub-equal.
If you read this closely you'll see it does not describe the plant
most growers call Philodendron variifolium.
I have EXOTICA 10 and I am looking
at the photo of
NOTHING like the link you gave.
Very hard to judge the scale, but
it is shaped like the heart-leaf
climbers with whiter or
lighter shading between the veins.
Does that help?
Also, if anyone has a copy of Graf's TROPICA or EXOTICA would
you check and see if the plant on this page is shown in either of those
books as being Philodendron variifolium? For some time I've been
trying to track down where this error originated although I am aware a
beautiful plant was displayed some years ago at an IAS show and Sale
that was incorrectly tagged. Shortly after that happened Dr. Croat
explained the name was incorrect and the correct name was in fact Philodendron
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