A member of the larger herb family known as Araceae (aroids) Philodendron linnaei grows in the rain forests of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, and Peru. P. linnaei grows as either an appressed epiphytic climber (growing close to the host) or hemiepiphytic species growing on either the sides or branches of a host tree. An epiphyte (ep-a-FIT) is defined as a plant that grows upon another plant as the result of a seed from the fruit of the species’ inflorescence being placed on a branch of that tree in the droppings of a bird or other rain forest animal. Despite a commonly held belief that all plants must have soil to grow, epiphyte (ep-a-FIT)(including many aroid species) may never have their roots come in contact with soil. Hemiepiphytes differ slightly since they may grow from a seed dropped on the ground and then climb the host or grow downwards from the host until their roots reach the soil. Philodendron linnaei grows naturally in light shade and is considered a “birds nest form”, or “trash basket” plant, since the leaves collect falling debris which the plant uses as a means of storing moisture.
Grows naturally in light shade and is considered a “birds nest form”, or “trash basket” plant, since the leaves collect falling debris which the plant uses as a means of storing moisture.
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