Philodendron melanochrysum

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Philodendron melanochrysum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Philodendreae
Genus: Philodendron
Binomial name
Philodendron melanochrysum
Linden & André

Philodendron melanochrysum is a species of flowering plant in the Araceae family, endemic to Colombia but widely cultivated elsewhere as an ornamental.[1][2][3]

One of the best climbing foliage pants for a conservatory, black gold philodendron has heart-shaped leaves that are typically 25 cm long, but in ideal conditions they can grow even longer. Young plants have smaller, broader, copper-red leaves, but when established they are quite superb; they have a velvety sheen on the blackish-green surface, and beautiful, pale green veins. The rare, insignificant flowers are best removed. Grow it up a moss pole and spray regularly to create humidity. Water freely when in full growth and add a monthly liquid feed; water sparingly in winter. Susceptible to scale insects and red spider mites.[4]


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Linden & André, Ill. Hort. 20: 198 (1873).
  4. ^ Rosenfeld, Richard. Houseplants. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 2004. 235.