Thaumatophyllum spruceanum was previously known as Philodendron goeldii before being reclassified. T.spruceanum is part of the Araceae family is native to Brazil North, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela where growth tends to be in partially flooded areas. It has palmate leaves which have a good cuticular structure. It is considered a hemi-epiphytic plant so does best in a well draining mix that is kept damp.
Genus name comes from the Greek ‘thaumato’ meaning wonder or miracle and phyllum meaning leaf. Specific epithet comes from Richard Spruce a 19th century English botanist.
Pot: ø 14cm.
Height: Approxiamately 40cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this
could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the
sky in order to thrive.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the
substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick,
pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid
bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when
you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount
but never add more.
Temperature: Ideally 18-28°C.
Humidity: Thuamtophyllum would prefer higher humidity. You can increase humidity
by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Thaumatophyllum are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.