Epipremnum aureum

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Common Name: golden pothos

Family: Araceae

Common Synonyms: none

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10b-11

Growth Habit: Vine

Origin: Solomon Islands, China to tropical Asia

FISC Category: 2

FDACS Listed Noxious Weed: No

Introduction Date: 1974

IFAS Assessment:

  • North: OK
  • Central: CAUTION
  • South: INVASIVE
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org


Herbaceous, evergreen, vine to 30 m climing high into trees with aerial roots. Stems and leaf stalks sheathed with leaf-like bracts that wither and remain as fibrous sheaths. Leaves alternate, juvenile and mature leaves have different forms. Juvenile leaves are simple, entire, glossy, to 30 cm long, while mature leaves are elliptic to oblong and irregularly divided or deeply lobed, often variegated to 80 cm long. Inflorescence a fleshy cylindrical spike to 17 cm long with tiny densely-packed cream-colored flowers sheathed by a cream-colored bract. Fruit a small berry.


Tropical hardwood hammocks, floodplain forests, pinelands, hammocks, disturbed areas


Roots easily from cuttings.

Map of species distribution

Control Methods

  • Manual: Mechanical: Hand pull and remove from site.
  • Chemical: Foliar (3% trichlopyr ester), basal stem (10% trichlopyr ester). Multipe treatments required, due to the death of the plant one node at a time. [IFAS]
  • Biological: NA

Control Notes

Note: Multiple treatments are required


Dave's Garden. 2014. PlantFiles: Tonga vine, Epipremnum pinnatum. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/192743/. Accessed on June 20, 2014.

Langeland, K.A., H.M. Cherry, C.M. McCormick, K.C. Burks. 2008. Identification and Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas-Second Edition. IFAS Publication SP 257. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Wunderlin, R. P., and B. F. Hansen. 2008. Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/).[S. M. Landry and K. N. Campbell (application development), Florida Center for Community Design and Research.] Institute for Systematic Botany, University of South Florida, Tampa.