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Philodendron bipinnatifidum

Split Leaf Philodendron, Cut Leaf, Selloum, Mano de tigre

Nothing speaks of the tropics more than this large glossy leafed ground cover and vine. Its distinctive leaf shape makes one think of a Rousseau painting or vegetation that must have been in the Garden of Eden. Native to Central America from Mexican to Panama this has become a favorite. Best known as Split Leaf Philodendron, a semi woody shrub, this plant is low maintenance prefers part shade and requires a medium amount of water although it tolerates dryness

Plant Characteristics

Leaves

leathery, glossy, heart-shaped leaves 25–90 cm (9 to 35 inches) long by 25–75 cm broad.

As the  leaves mature and get larger do they develop more  distinctive splits. 

Fruit

 showy edible. Although people rave about this rare fruit it must be ripe before you eat it.  Some say it has a pinneapple-banana like taste. See below utube  on fruit to know proper way to eat it. 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfN8_vqCMWk

Flowers
white 

Additional Information

Benefits | Desirability
We have found this plant makes an impressive statement as a  ground cover, great for entrances.

Aesthetic Combinations

 It is most effective standing alone or in combination with other lush-leafed plants such as gingers and bananas 

References

Read more:http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/37036/#ixzz3UB0Z4CzC 

http://www.floridata.com/ref/P/phil_bip.cfm

Tags
Evergreen,

Precautions


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction



 

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