P. cordatum - Heart leaf philodendron
scandens - Heart leaf philodendron
(Very similar in appearance
to P. cordatum.)
P. selloum - Lace tree philodendron (pictured
Philodendrons were among the best house plants in
N.A.S.A.'s tests for removing toxins. See house
plants for air purification for more info.
Philodendrons are an popular container plant that can cause poisoning
in humans and pets because of the oxalates they contain. General symptoms of
contact dermatitis with the plant juices are erythema (reddening and inflammation of the
skin), itchiness. Ingestion will quickly cause painful burning and swelling of
lips, mouth, tongue, and throat.
Heart Leaf Philodendron (P.
Lace Tree Philodendron (P. selloum)
Toxicity Information (P.
Derek B. Munro
Biological Resources Program
Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre