Creeping Philodendron
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Creeping Philodendron
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Creeping Philodendron • Mizo: Thiallawn
Botanical name: Rhaphidophora decursiva    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Raphidophora decursiva

Creeping Philodendron is a robust evergreen climber, climbing into trees up to 10 m or more by means of roots produced from stem. Leaves are large, glossy, in 2 rows, pinnately lobed. This plant can be easily mistaken for Split Leaf Philodendron, a common house-plant. Each leaf has 8-15 pairs of lobes. Leaf stalks are stout, abruptly bent at the tip. Spathe is pale yellow, 12.5-17.5 cm long, leathery, falling early. Spadix is shorter, white, cylindric, with crowded flowers. Creeping Philodendron is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Burma, at altitudes up to 1500 m. Flowering: November.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya & Gangtok, Sikkim.

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