Photograph of a philodendron plant, ca.1920. The plant is entangled around a large tree. Other plants and trees are visible in the background. Back of photoprint reads: "Philodrendron monstera Deliciousa".; "This is a popular group of plants that are grown for their ornamental foliage. They are mostly climbing plants that can be grown in homes, greenhouses, and in the far South, outside. Under good conditions, they will bear pretty "flowers" that resemble Calla Lilies. They are found wild in tropical America and the West Indies. These plants have long aerial roots and come in many shapes and sizes. Most of the plants have rich green leaves but some may be coppery-red underneath or have veins that are red. Some leaves are red when they are young but eventually turn green. Some kinds have heart-shaped leaves, others have long and narrow leaves, some are arrow-shaped, oblong, ovate or deeply lobed. Their size varies from 3 inches to 3 feet in length. The inflorescences (flowers) have spathes that come in different shades of purple, pink, red, or greenish-white. The central columns that bear the tiny flowers (spadices) can either be yellow, cream or white. Below are a few descriptions of some Philodendrons, there are more below in the varieties section. P. squamiferum is a twisting vine with five-lobed, glossy, bright green leaves. The leaf stalks have a thick, fuzzy covering of long red and green hairs. P. hastatum is a popular climber that has large, arrow-shaped, glossy leaves. If a piece of rough bark or a stick covered with moss is placed against it, the roots from the stem will cling to the support and absorb moisture from it. Its variety hastatum variegatum is similar, except the foliage is variegated with white. P. gloriosum is a climbing plant with heart-shaped, dark green leaves. They have reddish borders and their veins are ivory." -- unknown author.