tropical and subtropical southeastern Asia, from northeastern India across southern China and Indonesia through New Guinea
(plus numerous cultivated varieties and hybrids)
Aglaonema “Silver Queen” is the most widely cultivated
Aglaonema commutatum Schott and A. pictum (Roxb.) Kunth are introduced into the United States
Stem erect, typically compact; sometimes creeping. Petiole length similar to leaf blade; sheath elongate, membraneous and clasping stem. Leaves alternate, typically thick; leaf blade lanceolate to elliptic or ovate; apex acute, base attenuate to rounded; venation pinnate; sometimes variegated. Cataphylls subtend inflorescence. Inflorescence axillary, spathe and spadix; peduncles erect, deflexed in fruit; spathe not differentiated into tube and blade, erect, ovate, green to whitish; spadix erect, cylindric to clavate. Berry ellipsoid, outer layer green, turning yellow then red.
typically regions with well accessible water; damp, shady, forested areas or near streams