Rhaphidophora korthalsii Schott

Last updated: 6 August 2015

Scientific Name

Rhaphidophora korthalsii Schott


Epipremnum multicephalum Elmer [Invalid], Pothos bifarius Wall. ex Hook.f., Pothos celatocaulis N.E.Br., Rhaphidophora celatocaulis (N.E.Br.) Alderw., Rhaphidophora copelandii Engl., Rhaphidophora grandifolia K.Krause, Rhaphidophora grandis Ridl. [Illegitimate], Rhaphidophora latifolia Alderw., Rhaphidophora maxima Engl., Rhaphidophora palawanensis Merr., Rhaphidophora ridleyi Merr., Rhaphidophora trinervia Elmer, Rhaphidophora trukensis Hosok., Scindapsus anomalus Carrière. [1]

Vernacular Name

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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. [2]

R. korthalsii is a variable species that occurs in primary and secondary forests up to 1700 m altitude. [2]

Botanical Description

R. korthalsii is a member of the family Araceae. It is a large, slender to rather robust liana that can reach up to 20 m long. [2]

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. [2]


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Chemical Constituent

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Plant Part Used

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Traditional Use

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Preclinical Data

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Clinical Data

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Poisonous Management

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Line drawing


Figure 1 : The line drawing of R. korthalsii  [2]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Rhaphidophora korthalsii Schott. [homepage on the Internet]. c2013. [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 Aug 6]. Available from : http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/record/kew-177789
  2. Rhaphidophora korthalsii Schott In: van Valkenburg JLCH, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publisher; 2001.