Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Monocotyledon Literature for Epipremnum pinnatum
Smith 1979; Wagner et al. 1990, 1999..
   Araceae -- The Aroid, Duckweed, Philodendron Family Bibliography
      Epipremnum pinnatum

Common name(s): golden pothos, pothos, taro vine
General Information
DistributionNative to southeastern Asia through Malesia and Pacific islands, readily escaping from cultivation in tropical areas of the world. In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Maui, Hawai`i.
















Habit
High climbing lianas or hemiepiphytes; stems to 2-4 cm in diameter, often with aerial roots.
Leaves
Leaf blades green or with irregular yellow markings (cultivar 'Aureum'), ovate to broadly ovate lanceolate or cordate, up to 1 m long and 0.5 m wide, entire in juveniles, pinnatifid in adult plants, petioles stout, sulcate, up to 32 cm (or more?) long, cataphylls soon withering but persistent as a fibrous mat.
Flowers
Inflorescences several together, erect; spathe cream, soon withering, navicular; spadix cream, up to 17 cm long and 3 cm in diameter, slightly shorter than spathe.
Fruit
Berries 3-4 mm long, 1-2-seeded.
Seeds
Seeds reniform, smooth, curved.
Chromosomes
2n = 50, 60, 70, 74.
Notes
The cultivated plants in the Marquesas are the cultivar 'Aureum' Nicolson with yellow variegated leaves which apparently originated in the Solomon Islands
Contributor
David Lorence