Philodendron is a large neotropical genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae, with over 900 species.
Regardless their popularity as ornamental and indoor plants, there are still many undescribed.
Their leaves are usually very large 1-2 m, and their subterranean roots can reach 18 m in length.
Wild species of philodendron are at risk of extinction due to accelerated destruction of tropical rainforests.
In Greek "philo" which means "love" and "dendron" means "tree" - name refers to the life style of these plants.