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Epipremnum pinnatum: Mature leaf forms

This liana from Southeast Asia, Epipremnum pinnatum, is a popular houseplant. It’s also known as the Devil’s Ivy, though it’s not related to the ivies and is a member of the aroids. In our homes, where it usually isn’t exposed to strong sunlight, it develops entire, heart-shaped leaves. If its long shoots reach areas of direct sunlight, its leaves grow much larger and change shape. The leaves of the mature plant are lobate and pierced with little windows like the split-leaf philodendron, Monstera deliciosa, another popular houseplant.

Many plants have mature leaves that look very different from those they grew as young plants. The scientific term for this is heterophyllia.

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Epipremnum pinnatum: Mature leaf forms (MP3, 313 KB)

Audio production and copyright: Soundgarden Audioguidance GmbH
Text: Günter Gerlach, Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg

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