Plant ID forum: How can you tell philodendron apart?

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Name: James
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JamesAcclaims
Feb 25, 2016 9:52 PM CST
My friend's parents recently purchased a house on Padre Island. There were two philodendron planted out front of the house that were obviously constantly scorched by sun, the leaves would barely grow at all before they were burnt off, but the plants seemed older. They tore them out, so of course I kept one, and have been nursing it back to health and leaves were forming slowly. Now it seems to be flourishing--putting off a new leaf all the time, and the new leaves keep popping up larger and larger. There are SO MANY types of philodendron. How can you tell what you have?




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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Feb 25, 2016 10:03 PM CST
I looks to me like Tree Philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum)
I have had one growing in my yard for well over 20 years. If freezes back when we have a lot of freezing days (not this year) but it always bounces bad in the summer. It grows in full sun here and I do nothing for it and it is getting really big.

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Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
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JamesAcclaims
Feb 25, 2016 10:20 PM CST
Definitely looks similar. Thanks for the input and response I tip my hat to you.

I find myself so lost in the world of philos.

@LariAnn Can I borrow your expertise?
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Metrosideros
Feb 27, 2016 10:02 PM CST
Jay is correct. Philodendron bipinnatifidum.
Name: LariAnn Garner
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LariAnn
Mar 16, 2016 5:14 AM CST
Philodendrons fall into several major groups - the "tree" types (meconostigmas), the viners, and the creepers. James, yours is in the meconostigma group. They are generally distinguished by their heavy trunks with close-set leaf scars. Viners, well, vine with long internodes and the need to climb up trees, cliffs, or other surfaces (sides of houses?). These can be confused with "pothos" (really Epipremnum) plants that also vine and look a lot like philos. Both Philodendron and Epipremnum are aroids, but different genera. The creepers have shorter internodes than viners and "creep" on the ground. A good example of a creeper is Philodendron gloriosum.
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Name: James
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9b)
(Heat zone - 9, Sunset zone - 28)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Adeniums Tropicals Bromeliad
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JamesAcclaims
Mar 16, 2016 5:28 AM CST
Thank you for the clarification and explanation! I tip my hat to you.
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