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Syngonium podophyllum

Phonetic Spelling
sin-GO-nee-um po-do-FIL-um
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Evergreen tropical perennial shrub to 16 in, climbing to 2 m. Desired in interior settings for its low-maintenance, green or variegated, long-petioled leaves and bush-like habit with some cascading stems; blooms are rare in interiors; juvenile form has arrow-shaped leaves and adult form has palmately divided leaves with 3-11 segments, there are also lobed leaves representing a transition from juvenile to adult stage; juvenile forms are usually sold; used as hanging basket, ground cover, climber, or small shrub.

Quick ID

  • Juvenile leaf arrowhead-shaped, adult leaf lobed
  • Leaves have long petioles, are subpeltate
  • Bush-like habit with some climbing or trailing stems

This plant will cause severe pain in the mouth if eaten.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Syngonium
    Species:
    podophyllum
    Family:
    Araceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South America to Mexico
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Houseplant
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is a cluster of round berries.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is a spathe cluster, axillary, spadix shorter than spathe; spathes overlap to form boat-shaped tube, green to yellow and white, sometimes marked with red or purple.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Juvenile leaves alternate, simple, saggitate, acute to acuminate, and entire. They are dark green above, paler green beneath; intermediate leaves 3-lobed, median segments constricted at base, basal segment triangular. Adult leaves are pedatisect, segments 3-11, confluent to free, median segment obovate to elliptic, acuminate, lowermost segment auriculate, dark green above and paler beneath. Petioles are long, green to reddish-green, subpeltate, sheathing at base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are succulent, green, climbing, with adventitious roots.
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Irritation of lips tongue and throat
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Calcium oxalate crystals
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems