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Philodendron billietiae


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution French Guiana, Northern Brazil
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Large hemipiphyte -  can be found growing on the ground and subsequently clambering onto trees, or as an epiphyte on trees, but with its long roots anchoring the plant to true ground
Foliage Leaves sagittate, mid green, somewhat glossy above, growing up to 90cm in length. Petioles dull yellowish orange - orange, 25-56 cm in length.
Etymology Named after Freda Billiet, who discovered this species.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Disease / Pest Resistant, Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Focal Plant, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Green - Light Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, Botryophora, White
Inflorescence Type Spathe & Spadix

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Master ID 32525
Species ID 6937
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.