Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Street Side Climber

Philodendron is a large genus of flowering plants in the Araceae family, consisting of close to 900 or more species. This genus is the second largest member of the arum family.

Philodendron species can be found in many diverse habitats in the tropical Americas and the West Indies. Most occur in humid tropical forests, but can also be found in swamps and on river banks, roadsides and rock outcrops. They are also found throughout a diverse range of elevations from sea level to over 2000 meters. Species of this genus are often found clambering over other plants, or climbing the trunks of trees with the aid of aerial roots. Philodendrons usually distinguish themselves in their environment by their large numbers compared to other plants, making them a highly noticeable component of the ecosystems they're found in. They are found in great numbers in road clearings.


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