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Plant ID, please

Posted by alys_esmond 9b Orlando (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 30, 12 at 21:29

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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RE: Plant ID, please

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!


RE: Plant ID, please

  • Posted by katkin 9b/10a PSL,Fl (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 31, 12 at 7:11

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)

RE: Plant ID, please

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

RE: Plant ID, please

Probably Epipremnum.

RE: Plant ID, please

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

RE: Plant ID, please

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

RE: Plant ID, please

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.


RE: Plant ID, please

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.

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