The Philodendron family is a race from the arum family. The Philodendron is originally from the tropical forests of Middle and South America. There are hundreds of varieties. These plants live in the forests under the trees, that is why they are quite low-light tolerant. In order to still get enough light, a lot of Philodendrons vine upwards into the trees. They have aerial roots that they can use to grab onto trees, and grow in the direction of the light. The word Philodendron is Greek, a combination of philo; ‘to love’ and dendron; ‘tree’. The Philodendron has been a popular houseplant for generations.