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Taxon: Epipremnum pinnatum (L.) Engl.

Genus: Epipremnum
Family: Araceae subfamily: Monsteroideae tribe: Monstereae
Nomen number: 312725
Place of publication: Pflanzenr. IV. 23B(Heft 37):60. 1908
Name verified on: 06-Oct-1987 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 18-Oct-2004
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA).
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • Tongavine   (Source: Zander Ency ) – English
  • variegated-philodendron   (Source: Zander Ency ) – English
  • long wei cao   (Source: Econ Bot 52:108.) – Transcribed Chinese
  • gefleckte Efeutute   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    China: China - Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Ryukyu Islands; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; India [n.e.]
    North Indian Ocean: India - Andaman and Nicobar
    Indo-China: Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia - Celebes, Irian Jaya, Java, Kalimantan, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, Sumatra; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Singapore
    Australia: Australia - Northern Territory, Queensland
    Northwestern Pacific: Japan - Volcano Islands [Bonin (Ogasawara) Islands]; Marshall Islands
    South-Central Pacific: Cook Islands
    Southwestern Pacific: Fiji; New Caledonia; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Vanuatu

  • also cultivated


  • Boyce, P. C. 1998. The genus Epipremnum Schott (Araceae-Monsteroideae-Monstereae) in west and central Malesia. Blumea 43:201.
  • Boyce, P. 2004. A review of Epipremnum (Araceae) in cultivation. Aroideana 27:206–207.
  • Chen, L. M. J. & I. M. Turner. 1998. The use of Epipremnum pinnatum (Araceae) in Singapore in the treatment of cancer: an unreported application of a herbal medicine. Econ. Bot. 52:108–109.
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1959–. Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae.
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. 1980–. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon.
  • Encke, F. et al. 1993. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2000. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. [re. English common names].
  • Govaerts, R. & D. G. Frodin. 2002. World checklist and bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae).
  • Hay, A. et al. 1995. Checklist & botanical bibliography of the aroids of Malesia, Australia, and the tropical western Pacific. Blumea suppl. 8.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  • Lucas, S. 2010. The Exotic Rainforest (on-line resource). accessed 1 Jul.
  • Smith, A. C. 1979–1991. Flora vitiensis nova.
  • Walters, S. M. et al., eds. 1986–. European garden flora.


Check other web resources for Epipremnum pinnatum (L.) Engl.:

  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Epipremnum pinnatum cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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