SCIENTIFIC NAME: Epipremnum aureum
COMMON NAME(S): Pothos
FAMILY: ARACEAE - Arum family
ORIGIN: Solomon Islands
HABITAT: Cultivated landscapes, houseplant
HEIGHT: To 40'
CHARACTERISTICS: Adhesive, aerial roots from stems
LEAVES: Alternate, young leaves, heart-shaped; adult leaves much larger and split; frequently marbled yellow or white
FLOWERS: Tiny, congested on a fleshy spike surrounded at base by a bract (spathe)
FLOWERING SEASON: Variable, rarely produced
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Calcium oxalate, unknowns
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological, eye irritant
COMMENTS: The juice of this common houseplant is a frequent cause of burning and blistering dermatitis or severe eye irritation. Like many members of the arum family, it contains high levels of calcium oxalate crystals.