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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Malesia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

Malesia: Sumatera, Peninsular Malaysia, Java. Much more common than the rather few collections might suggest.
General Description
Slender, homeophyllous, diffuse-branched root-climbing liane. Shoot system rather poorly differentiated into adherent, non-flowering and free lateral flowering branches, usually with considerable flagellate shoot growth; flowering shoot abbreviated, arising from below the leaf axil of a fully developed leaf, or from an older naked portion of stem, leafless except for subtending foliage leaf, with several small cataphylls; eocaul not observed; seedling shingle-leaved, then abruptly producing adult leaves. LEAVES thinly chartaceous, drying pale brownish green; petiole 2.5–3 cm long, slender, often sheathing stem with just the geniculum and blade spreading; sheath rather prominent, reaching to just below geniculum and extending by two very small ligules; blade 6–25 × 2–8 cm, oblong-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, very lightly falcate, unequal, occasionally quite strongly so, base subacute to minutely truncate, apex falcate, acuminate to stoutly long-attenuate, briefly minutely apiculate; primary lateral veins arising at 80–90°, intramarginal veins 2 per side, the lowermost arising from the base, outer intramarginal vein remaining very close and parallel to margin; higher venation fine but very distinctly reticulate. INFLORESCENCE solitary, although shoots always reiterating and thus rarely two inflorescences at different stages of maturity may be present; peduncle 1.3–5 cm, rather slender, erect, green to purplegreen. Spathe 1.3–2.2 × 0.3–0.4 cm, oblong-ovate, reflexed, falling early in fruit development leaving only basal portion, base rounded, barely decurrent on the peduncle, apex obtuse, filamentous-mucronate, purple. Spadix sessile to very briefly stipitate; stipe 0–1.5 mm long; fertile portion 2.5–4 × 0.2–0.4 cm, cylindrical, straight to slightly curved, white. Flowers c. 1.5 mm diam., with 6 free tepals and 6 stamens. INFRUCTESCENCE with few berries; fruit 6–10 × 4–7 mm, ellipsoid, ripening deep red; seeds not observed.
Primary to slightly disturbed lowland to hill forest, almost always on inundated soils.

Native to:

Borneo, Jawa, Sumatera

Pothos oxyphyllus Miq. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 1, 2001 Ridley, H.N. [2391b], Malaysia K000291876 Unknown type material

First published in Fl. Ned. Ind. 3: 181 (1856)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


CATE Araceae

  • Abranowicz, E. 1912. Über das Wachstum der Knollen von Sauromatum guttatum Schott und Amorphophallus rivieri Durieu. 62: 449-458.
  • Boyce, P.C. & Hay, A. 2001. A taxonomic revision of Araceae tribe Potheae (Pothos, Pothoidium and Pedicellarum) for Malesia, Australia and the tropical Western Pacific. Telopea. 9 (3): 449-571

CATE Araceae
Haigh, A., Clark, B., Reynolds, L., Mayo, S.J., Croat, T.B., Lay, L., Boyce, P.C., Mora, M., Bogner, J., Sellaro, M., Wong, S.Y., Kostelac, C., Grayum, M.H., Keating, R.C., Ruckert, G., Naylor, M.F. and Hay, A., CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

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