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Philodendron bipinnatifidum (Cut-leaf philodendron)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Philodendreae
Genus: Philodendron
Species: P. bipinnatifidum
Binomial name: Philodendron bipinnatifidum
Synonyms: Philodendron selloum,
Common names: Selloum, Tree philodendron, Lacy tree philodendron, Cut-leaf philodendron, Self-header.

Philodendron bipinnatifidum is a tropical plant that is native to South America, namely to Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay. Philodendron bipinnatifidum is a semi-woody plant with a single erect unbranched stem that tends to fall over as the plant grows. It will exhibit epiphytic characteristics if given the opportunity to attach itself to a nearby supporting tree or structure.
It has large glossy leaves up to 1m long with a long smooth stalk attaching it to the stem. They are usually drooping. The leaves are deeply dissected into many wavy-margined lobes. The stem bears aerial rootlets.
The inflorescence consists of a 0.3 m long purplish red spathe enclosing an upright spadix with many tiny petal-less flowers.
Philodendron bipinnatifidum reproductive organ is a long purplish red spadix grown at the center of a reproductive layer called the spathe.

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