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PlantFiles: Philodendron
Philodendron esmeraldense

Family: Araceae (a-RAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Philodendron (fil-oh-DEN-dron) (Info)
Species: esmeraldense

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ExoticRainforest On Feb 13, 2008, ExoticRainforest from Siloam Springs, AR wrote:

Philodendron esmeraldense is quite uncommon in the wild. It is known to exist only in the vicintity of a small town called Lita in the northern part of Ecuador. Dr. Croat believes it may exist in the southern part of Colombia as well but so far no evidence of the plant in that part of the country has been found. As of February, 2008 the species is not published. Thus it should not be used in italics as a published scientific name. It will however be published, likely later this year, and will officially be known as Philodendron esmeraldense Croat. Blades are thought to grow to approximately 30 inches (76cm) and the plant is terrestrial, epiphytic and also grows on stone. Dr. Croat has allowed me to read the unfinished scientific description and this plant is destined to be one serious collectors will want to own.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Miami, Florida

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