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Philodendron sp.


n. pl. phil·o·den·drons or phil·o·den·dra (-drə)
Any of various climbing tropical American plants of the genus Philodendron, many of which are cultivated as houseplants.

[New Latin Philodendron, genus name, from Greek, neuter of philodendros, fond of trees (from the fact that in its tropical American habitat it twines around trees) : philo-, philo- + dendron, tree; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -drons or -dra (-drə)
(Plants) any aroid evergreen climbing plant of the tropical American genus Philodendron: cultivated as house plants
[C19: New Latin from Greek: lover of trees]


(ˌfɪl əˈdɛn drən)

n., pl. -drons, -dra.
any tropical American climbing plant belonging to the genus Philodendron, of the arum family, usu. having smooth, shiny, evergreen leaves: grown as a houseplant.
[1875–80; < New Latin < Greek, n. use of neuter of philódendros fond of trees, in reference to its climbing habit. See philo-, -dendron]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.philodendron - often grown as a houseplantphilodendron - often grown as a houseplant    
genus Philodendron - any of several tropical American climbing plants with smooth shiny evergreen leaves
liana - a woody climbing usually tropical plant


[ˌfɪləˈdɛndrən] nfilodendro
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Although evidently Neotropical in origin, the type species, Psydrothrips kewi Palmer & Mound, was described from a glasshouse in England damaging the leaves of the exotic Philodendron sinuatum (Alismatales: Aracaeae) (Mound & Marullo 1996).
On a cold winter's day, even the lackluster, neglected philodendron is seen in a new light, and the little African violet blooming on a sunny windowsill garners one's attention and admiration.
Hibiscus, Yucca, Philodendron are most-suitable for warm centrally heated rooms; Azalea, Primula and ferns for cool rooms with occasional heat, and a sunny windowsill for Fuchsias and Impatiens.
Some of the more well-known members are taro, Anthurium, Dieffenbachia, Caladium, skunk cabbage, and Philodendron.
Low light loving plants, such as pothos, philodendron and snake tongue are great, but replicated artificial plants can really boost the impact of a naturalistic interior without any worry whatsoever, he affirms.