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Philodendron martianum 'Fat Boy'


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte, Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is herbaceous plant that can be grown as an epiphyte or terrestrial plant.
Foliage Foliage is produced in a rosette form. Foliage is green, slightly leathery, and linear to lanceolate in shape. The underside of the leaves is paler in color, matte to semi-glossy. Lateral veins are much more obvious on the underside. Petioles are green and inflated.
Stems Flowers are borne in spadix inflorescence, produced in solitary.
Taxonomy Philodendron martianum was misidentified as Philodendron cannifolium. Currently, Philodendron cannifolium is not accepted and classified as an illegitimate name.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Easy to Grow, Well-Drained Soils


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Rosulate / Rosette
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate

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Master ID 33911
Species ID 8327
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Species record last updated on: 15 November 2023.