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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Pacific.


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

General Description
HABIT : evergreen climbing herbs, producing flagellae. LEAVES : several to many, distichous. PETIOLE : geniculate apically, sheath long, marcescent to deciduous, often decomposing to conspicuous net-fibrous mass. BLADE : entire, often oblique, lanceolate, elliptic, elliptic- oblong, or pinnatipartite to pinnatisect, rarely minutely perforate ( E. pinnatum); primary lateral veins pinnate, running into marginal vein, secondary and often tertiaries parallel-pinnate, tertiary and higher order venation often reticulate. INFLORESCENCE : 1(-2) in each floral sympodium. PEDUNCLE : relatively short. SPATHE : boat-shaped, withering after anthesis, usually deciduous. SPADIX : subcylindric, conic, often quite thick, sessile or stipitate, shorter than spathe. FLOWERS : bisexual, or lowermost ones female, perigone absent. STAMENS : 4, filaments linear, somewhat broad, anthers much shorter than filaments, connective slender, thecae oblong-ellipsoid, dehiscing by longitudinal slit. POLLEN : fully zonate, hamburger-shaped, medium-sized (mean 40 µm., range 36-44 µm.), exine foveolate-fossulate, psilate at periphery, apertural exine coarsely verrucate. GYNOECIUM : ovary subtetragonal-prismatic, truncate, 1-locular, ovules usually 2, more rarely 4 or 6-8 ( E. amplissimum), anatropous, funicle short, placenta parietal or near base of parietal partial septa, stylar region prismatic, as broad or broader than ovary, stigma umbonate to oblong-linear in axial plane of spadix. BERRY : 1-8-seeded, throwing off apical tissue. SEED : reniform, testa thickish, brittle, smooth, embryo curved, endosperm copious.
Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to Pacific.
Tropical humid forest; high-climbing hemiepiphytes, on trees and rocks.
Climbing epiphytes and lithophytes, with abundant trichosclereids; leaf blade entire to pinnatipartite or pinnatisect, rarely minutely perforate, secondary venation parallel-pinnate, finer venation mostly reticulate; flowers bisexual, perigone absent. Differs from Rhaphidophora in having 2-4 (-6) ovules at the base of a single intrusive placenta, seeds curved, 3-7 mm long, 1.5-4.0 mm wide. Differs from Amydrium in having abundant trichosclereids in all tissues. Differs from Scindapsus in often having pinnatisect leaves and more than one anatropous ovule.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, Caroline Is., China South-Central, China Southeast, Cook Is., Fiji, Hainan, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Marshall Is., Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Samoa, Santa Cruz Is., Society Is., Solomon Is., Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is.

Introduced into:

Bermuda, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Cameroon, Chagos Archipelago, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Florida, Guinea, Haiti, Hawaii, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Leeward Is., Line Is., Ogasawara-shoto, Puerto Rico, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.

Epipremnum Schott appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bonplandia (Hannover) 5: 45 (1857)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


CATE Araceae

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2008. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.
  • Mayo, S.J., Bogner, J. & Boyce, P.C. 1997. The genera of Araceae. 370 pp.

CATE Araceae
Haigh, A., Clark, B., Reynolds, L., Mayo, S.J., Croat, T.B., Lay, L., Boyce, P.C., Mora, M., Bogner, J., Sellaro, M., Wong, S.Y., Kostelac, C., Grayum, M.H., Keating, R.C., Ruckert, G., Naylor, M.F. and Hay, A., CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

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