Philodendron melanochrysum 12cm
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Διάμετρος γλάστρας:12εκ, Ύψος:40-50εκ.
The philodendron melanochrysum is a striking aroid that many collectors are desperate to cross off their wishlist.
Characterized by its long, heart shaped leaves with a velvety surface and uber thick cream margins that look similar to the anthurium veitchii, philodendron verrucosum or philodendron gloriosum, it’s no surprise it’s so desirable.
It was first discovered in the wet Andean foothills of Colombia by European collector and horticulturist, Eduoard Andre in 1886. It was him who then named the plant after himself, so it became colloquially known as ‘philodendron andreanum’.
The now accepted botanical name, ‘melanochrysum’ hails from the Greek word ‘melano’ meaning black and ‘chrysum’ meaning golden. This is why you might hear this plant commonly referred to as the black gold philodendron.
Mature forms of this species exhibit a dazzling display of black and gold flecks when struck by sunlight, hence the name!
Growing at a staggering 500m above sea level in the regions of Chocó and Antioquia, it’s this that makes philodendron melanochrysum care interesting, especially in relation to humidity and temperature as you’ll see later in the post. ‘
Escapees’ of this plant can be found growing in regions of Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica, all introduced by man in the 20th century.