Epipremnum pinnatum (L.) Engl., Pflanzenr. IV, 23B: 60 1908. (Syn: Epipremnum angustilobum K.Krause; Epipremnum elegans Engl. .; Epipremnum formosanum Hayata; Epipremnum glaucicephalum Elmer [Invalid]; Epipremnum glaucicephalum Elmer ex Merr.; Epipremnum merrillii Engl. & K.Krause; Epipremnum mirabile Schott …;  Epipremnum robinsonii K.Krause; Monstera caudata (Roxb.) Schott; Monstera dilacerata (K.Koch & Sello) K.Koch; Monstera pinnata (L.) Schott; Philodendron dilaceratum Engl.; Philodendron nechodomae Britton; Polypodium laciniatum Burm.f.; Polypodium laciniatum Blume; Pothos caudatus Roxb.; Pothos decursivus Wall. [Illegitimate]; Pothos pinnatifidus Roxb.; Pothos pinnatus L.; Rhaphidophora caudata (Roxb.) Schott; Rhaphidophora cunninghamii Schott; Rhaphidophora dilacerata (K.Koch & Sello) K.Koch; Rhaphidophora formosana (Hayata) M.Hotta [Illegitimate]; Rhaphidophora laciniata (Burm.f.) Merr.; Rhaphidophora lovellae F.M.Bailey; Rhaphidophora merrillii Engl.; Rhaphidophora neocaledonica Guillaumin; Rhaphidophora pertusa var. vitiensis (Schott) Engl.; Rhaphidophora pinnata (L.) Schott; Rhaphidophora pinnatifida (Roxb.) Schott; Rhaphidophora vitiensis Schott; Rhaphidophora wallichii Schott; Scindapsus bipinnatifidus Teijsm. & Binn.; Scindapsus caudatus (Roxb.) Schott; Scindapsus decursivus Moritzi [Illegitimate]; Scindapsus dilaceratus K.Koch & Sello; Scindapsus forsteri Endl.; Scindapsus pinnatifidus (Roxb.) Schott; Scindapsus pinnatus (L.) Schott; Tornelia dilacerata (K.Koch & Sello) Schott);
In Epipremnum pinnatum, the leaves have minute holes along the midrib, leaves are more or less clustered at tips of branches without cataphylls, and fruits has only 2-4 curved seeds.
In Rhaphadiphora decursiva the leaves don’t have any holes, leaves are scattered with cataphylls in between and fruit has numerous minute seeds.


Epipremnum pinnatum from Delhi-Pl. validate: While going through the mail forwarded by … on behalf of … who had uploaded the plant as Monstera deliciosa

This plant was subsequently identified by … as Rhaphidophora decursiva, It was definitely not Monstera deliciosa which has less dissected leaves and large perforations on the blade. While going through Rhaphidophora decursiva in Flora of China, two things were noticed by me
1. According to Flora of China and I reproduce “There has been much confusion over Rhaphidophora decursiva and Epipremnum pinnatum because both species have large, pinnatifid leaves, but E. pinnatum has a leaf blade with tiny perforations (ca. 2 mm) along and adjacent to the midrib, an ovary with 2 or 3 ovules, and a sessile, longitudinally linear-oblong stigma. There is also a difference in leaf arrangement: R. decursiva has foliage leaves scattered and interspersed with several (up to 7) cataphyll-bearing nodes, whereas E. pinnatum has leaves often clustered distally without such cataphyll-bearing nodes.”
2. That similar plant was growing Just below my balcony.

I today photographs and realised both things: the leaf has minute perforations ust along the midrib and there are no catahyll bearing nodes, leading me to conclude this as Epipremnum pinnatum. Please validate. This may be similar or different from one uploaded by Joby Joseph.

You may like to read this link. I have no idea how authentic the texts are.

and this too… Exotic rain forest



This is perhaps Epipremnum pinnatum  (L.) Engl. that have been mentioned by … in one of my recent thread.

I think yes …

Epipremnum pinnatum (L.) Engl.
A climbing aroid often confused with Monstera deiciosa and Rhaphidophora decursiva but lacking large holes on segments (unlike Monstera) and having minute holes along the midrib (absent in Rhaphidophora decirsiva).

Photographed from Delhi 

Thanks for pointing out the differences.

I could correct one of my picture, wrongly named.

Images by D.S. Rawat – identified by Gurcharan Singh), (inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade) 



Arecaceae, Araceae, Zingiberaceae Fortnight 1-14 Aug 2014: Monstera sp. for ID (Araceae) from Uttarakhand_DSR_22 :  3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

This Monstera sp. is commonly planted in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand.

Please suggest the ID.

Not Monstera … If there are minute holes along the midrib, it should be Epipremnum pinnatum

If no holes Rhaphidophora decursiva

Thank you Sir. I watched it closely and found minute holes along mid rib.

Taking it as Epipremnum pinnatum.

Pictures taken on 16th Aug,14.

Kindly validate.

Yes …

Could this be Monstera deliciosa“??

I don’t think it is Monstera deliciosa. Please show close up of leaf.

It seems to be Epipremnum pinnatum.


Araceae seen at a cultivated garden in Mumbai.

Epipremnum pinnatum?

Looks matching.

Monstera sp from Meghalaya KD 06 Jan 2015 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Attached images are Monstera sp. Please ID the plant.  
Date :01.11.2014
Location: North Garo Hills, Meghalaya
Family : Araceae
Genus & species : Monstera sp
Habitat: Grows wild over the rock.

Habit : Twiner

It looks like a kind of palm (Arecaceae) not Araceae. I am not sure.

Rhaphidophora decursiva (Roxb.) Schott ?? But it should go to Araceae list.

Appears more close to Epipremnum pinnatum as per images herein.

Climber from Mumbai. Could this be Monstera sp..

Not again please, Epipremnum pinnatum (minute holes along midrib) or Rhaphidophora decursiva (no holes along Midrib). Monstera deliciosa has broader segmnts with large holes on the segments.

More likely to be a Raphidophora sps.

This is Epipremnum pinnatum as per keys and details herein.



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