Syngonium podophyllum Schott


Scrambling plants sometimes with waxy stems. Leaves often marked with greygreen. Juvenile leaves arrow- or heart-shaped. Adult leaf blades with divisions from a radius (pedate), the central segment largest with the lateral ones having 2-5 further divisions; stalks long. Inflorescences 4-11 per axil. Spathe about 10 cm long, green to cream and with an ellipsoid tube.

A number of variegated leaf cultivars are available.

Mexico to Panama.

S. auritum (L.) Schott, Five Fingers, from Jamaica and Hispaniola, has glossy leaves that are 3-5-parted, the outer ones with 'eared' bases. Spathe to about 25 cm long, yellowish but purplish in the throat.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Araceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Alismatales
family       Araceae
genus        Syngonium Schott