Lacy Tree or Cut-Leaf Philodendron
Philodendron bipinnatifidum Schott ex Endl. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Philodendron. It was first named and described by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott but I am not sure when. It was later described by Stephan Friedrich Ladislaus Endlicher in Genera Plantarum in 1837.
Original specimens of this species were collected by Mr. Schott in Brazil and were taken to the Schoenbrunn Palace Gardens in Vienna.
The genus, Philodendron Schott, was named and described by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott in Wiener Zeitschrift für Kunst in 1829. Plants of the World Online list 557 accepted species in the genus.
This AWESOME Philodendron bipinnatifidum belonged to Thomas and Tarlei Hitchcock who were very good friends or mine in Mississippi. They were actually like family and Thomas was like a brother. This plant was one of many plants I kept for them at the mansion for a while. This was also the pot I found the Alocasia odora or gageana coming up in.
Many companies sell this plant as Philodendron selloum and at one time it was considered a separate species. Research has proved that they are actually multiforms of the same species.
Origin: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay
Zones: USDA Zones 9b-11 (25 to 40° F)
Size: Can grow to 15’ or more. Much smaller in pots.
Light: Light to part shade
There are many more websites that do a better job describing this plant than me. You can check the links below for further reading.
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