Rhaphidophora korthalsii Schott

Rhaphidophora korthalsii Schott




Epipremnum multicephalum Elemer ex Merr. Pothos celatocaulis N.E.Br / R. palawanensis Merr. / R. trinerria Elemer.

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Geographical Distributions

Rhaphidophora korthalsii is commonly found in Southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, the Philippines, to New Guinea and islands of the western Pacific.


R. korthalsii is a large, slender to rather robust liana that can reach up to 20 m long.

The leaves are broadly oblong elliptical to oblong-lance-shaped, measuring 10-44 cm x 14-94 cm, pinnatisect to pinnatifid and with petiole 9-65 cm long. The bract measures 10-30 cm x 3-5 cm, greenish to dull yellow, with cylindrical spadix which is 9-26 cm long and dull green to dirty white. 

Ecology / Cultivation

R. korthalsii is a variable species that occurs in primary and secondary forests up to 1700 m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph




  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3.