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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. India, Himalaya to N. Peninsula Malaysia.

[CATE]

CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011. araceae.e-monocot.org

Distribution
NW India through Burma.
Vernacular
Thao phan dong (เถาพันดง) (Peninsular).
Habitat
On trees and rocks in primary and secondary wet lowland to hill evergreen tropical forest.
General Description
Large moderately robust, homeophyllous, root-climbing hemiepiphyte to 15 m. Stem to 15 mm diam., four-angled or slightly compressed-terete in cross section; fertile shoot branching to ca two orders, stem to 10 mm diam. Leaves dense. Petiole 2–20 cm by 5–20 mm, broadly winged, obovate-oblong to linear-oblong, with 2–3 secondary veins and numerous veinlets per side, base decurrent, apex truncate, rounded or auriculate; lamina 2–10 by 1–4 cm, ovate to elliptic or lanceolate with 2 intramarginal veins per side, base rounded to acute, apex attenuate-mucronate, leathery. Flowering shoot much abbreviated, arising from most of the mid- to distal leaf axils of fertile shoots, bearing a minute prophyll and a few 3–10 mm, sequentially longer, cataphylls. Inflorescence solitary; peduncle slender, 3–15 by 0.5–2 mm, erect to spreading, green to purple-tinged; spathe 4–10 by 4–10 mm, ovate, concave, margins flate to slightly concave, base short, apex rounded to acute with a tiny, rather stout mucro, maroon; spadix long-stipitate; stipe terete in cross section, 10–15 by ca 1 mm, erect, white; fertile portion globose or ovoid to subclavate, 9–12 by 3.5–10 mm, white. Flowers ca 1–2 mm diam. Infructescence with 1–5 berries; fruit obclavate, 1–1.75 by 1–1.5 cm, mid-green ripening to deep scarlet.
Diagnostic
Long confused with P. scandens, but immediately separable by the straight, not reflexed stipe.

Native to:

Assam, Bangladesh, East Himalaya, India, Malaya, Myanmar, Thailand, West Himalaya

Pothos roxburghii de Vriese appears in other Kew resources:

First published in F.A.W.Miquel, Pl. Jungh.: 103 (1851)

Accepted by

  • Sasikala, K., Vajravelu, E. & Daniel, P. (2019). Fascicles of Flora of India 29: 1-357. Botanical Survey of India, New Delhi.

Not accepted by

  • Boyce, P.C. (2009). A review of Pothos L. (Araceae: Pothoideae: Pothoeae) for Thailand Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) 37: 15-26. [Cited as Pothos neoroxburghii.]
  • 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. [Cited as Pothos scandens.]
  • Wu, Z. & Raven, P.H. (eds.) (2010). Flora of China 23: 1-515. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis. [Cited as Pothos scandens.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Boyce, P.C. (2009). A review of Pothos L. (Araceae: Pothoideae: Pothoeae) for Thailand Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) 37: 15-26.
  • Sasikala, K., Vajravelu, E. & Daniel, P. (2019). Fascicles of Flora of India 29: 1-357. Botanical Survey of India, New Delhi.

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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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0