Scindapsus hederaceus Miq.

Last updated: 6 August 2015

Scientific Name

Scindapsus hederaceus Miq.


Pothos hederaceus Zoll. & Moritzi [Illegitimate], Scindapsus inquinatus Schott, Scindapsus poilanei Gagnep., Scindapsus pothoides Miq. [1]

Vernacular Name

Malaysia Akar lebang aleh, akar ular (Peninsular) [2]; akar lubang alah [3]
Thailand Khokiu (Nakhon Si Thammarat) [2]
Vietnam d[aa]y b[as] [2].

Geographical Distributions

Scindapsus hederaceus occurs in Indochina, Southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java and Borneo, and perhaps also in the Philippines. [2]

Botanical Description

S. hederaceus is a member of the family Araceae. It is a large climbing herb up to measure about 20 m long. The stem is slender, up to measure about 1 cm thick and with clasping roots. [2]

The leaves are arranged alternate, simple and entire, elliptical-lance-shaped, more or less oblique, with a size of measure about10-16(-21) cm x 3-6(-8.5) cm, obtuse to rounded at the base, acuminate apex, pinnately veined and with marginal vein. The petiole up to measure 9 cm long, winged to near apex, with broad sheath at the base and geniculate at the apex. Stipules are absent. [2]

The inflorescence is a solitary, with a size of measure about  (2.5-)4-7 cm long of cylindrical spadix and enclosed by a fusiform to boat-shaped yellowish-green in colour of  spathe which is measuring 4.5-8 cm long. The flowers are bisexual and without perianth. Stamens are 4. The ovary is superior, 1-celled, 4-6-angular and with a well-developed stylar region. [2]

The fruit is a red in colour of berry, caducous stylar region when mature and with 1-seeded. [2]

The seed is subreniform, compressed and thick testa while the endosperm is present. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Traditional Use

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1: The line drawing of S. hederaceus [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver 1.1. Scindapsus hederaceus Miq. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 Aug 14]. Available from:
  2. Scindapsus hederaceus Miq.In: Lemmens RHMJ, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12 (3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publishers; 2003.
  3. Quattrocchi U. CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Volume V R-Z. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 201.