Plant ID, please

alys_esmond(9b Orlando)August 30, 2012

This plant is growing up my Slash Pine.

Leaves are between 12" and 18" long. It gets killed back by frost, but comes right back. I've never seen a flower.

I know from the old Google Maps street-view pic of our house that it used to cover the entire trunk of the tree, but now there's just the one "stem".

If you ignore the leaves, the structure is growing like a Philodendron.

Any thoughts?

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It is a philodrendon. I know this because a friend gave me a little variegated philodendon house plant. For the fun of it, I planted it at the base of an oak tree and it ended up looking just like the plant in your picture. It sure surprised me!


    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 9:51PM
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For some reason the leaves get massive when they grow up a tree, the same plant will remain small if it grows along the ground like it would normally. :o)

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 7:11AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

FWIW, I believe this plant is a.k.a. 'Devil's Vine', mainly because of how humongous it gets once planted outside.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 10:24AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Probably Epipremnum.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2012 at 3:31PM
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Foreverlad(9b - Tampa Bay)

It's a golden Pothos plant. Potted, it's a long, long vine. If you plant it in the ground near a tree, it eventually starts growing up it, often covering the trunk in a jumble of branching vines. As time passes you'll find fewer and fewer leaves, but each leaf starts reaching the size of an elephant ear.

I've added a photo from my own back yard

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 2:01PM
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Foreverlad(9b - Tampa Bay)

Forgot to mention, it's considered a Epipremnum aureum, an aroid.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 2:04PM
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alys_esmond(9b Orlando)

Well I'll be darned!

I have Golden Pothos growing with other plants in planters in the house and in the patio and one on the ground in a bed. Now that I look at it, there's no question the similarity.

Thanks everyone. Mystery solved.


    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 2:09PM
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It is called Golden Pothos, the scientific name being Epipremnum aureum. But shouldn't be confused with plants of the genus Pothos, which it doesn't belong to. There's over 60 species of "genuine" Pothos.

This is Pothos longipes.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 8:00AM
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