• WordNet 3.6
    • n philodendron often grown as a houseplant
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n philodendron A genus of araceous plants, type of the tribe Philodendreæ and the subfamily Philodendroideæ, characterized by a fruit not included in the persistent spathe, stamens united into a prismatic body, and distinct two- to ten-celled ovaries with the orthotropous ovules fixed to the inner angle of the cells. There are about 120 species, natives of tropical America. They are climbing shrubs, with broad coriaceous leaves and short terminal or axillary peduncles, commonly in clusters. They bear fieshy white, red, or yellowish spathes, and a closely flowered spadix, followed by a dense mass of berries. (See Araceæ.) Some West Indian species are there known as wake-robin.
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Ask for the real philodendron to stand up and you might be surprised at one plant that does not rise: the split-leaf philodendron, sometimes called Swiss cheese plant.
Split-leaf philodendron is a philodendron look-alike, with smooth, glossy leaves and brown roots dangling from the stems like thick cords.
Touch your philodendron and control your computer.
Philodendrons are nice enough, but they are just so damn normal.
I haven't seen a philodendron in more than 10 years, but imagine my surprise when I came across a whole army of them in the Inner Sunset last week.
My philodendron plants are yellowed.
My grandmother tended a Boston fern, my mother a philodendron that she called "parlor ivy".
Three philodendron selections--'Black Cardinal,' 'Prince of Orange,' and 'Moonlight'--nestle in a wooden dough bowl along with a few pomegranates.