Philodendron 'Viserion Blade'
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Base Species or Cultivar:
This plant is the albino variegated version of what is commonly referred to as the philodendron wend-imbe, although the name wend-imbe is contested. The original plant I received came from Veracruz, Mexico, with very little information. Regardless of the parentage of wend-imbe, this plant has maintained its distinguishing variegation for more than three generations of propagations via asexual methods.
The inspiration of the name came from my fandom of the HBO series Game of Thrones and my obsession with dragons. Viserion is the dragon that has cream and gold scales and then later turns into a white icy dragon, which resembles the colors of the variegation as they set, coming up cream/champagne color and then hardening to a true white. Leaf shape is thin, blade-like.
Bushy semi-self headed philodendron. The plant has a high tendency to push multiple growth points simultaneously, which yields a bushy, compact appearance. The internodal space is intermediate, which suggests a possible tendency to climb, although with the bushy effect, the plant can often support itself against air current. Leaves do not size up as drastically as other self headed philodendrons. A 12-month old plant only shows leaf size up to 8", when grown indoors in a controlled greenhouse environment.
blade shape, waxy, thin. veins point downward.
Bloom and Fruit:
The albino variegation is what distinguishes this cultivar from its green-form host (here IDed as wend-imbe). The variegation is stable as the plant grows multiple growth points readily and shows that when some section of the plants will grow variegated leaves. Highly variegated sections of the stem can also be isolated to produce a more overall high-colors plant (as pictured). Variegation can exhibit both sectoral and marbling (similar to albino variegation patterns on monsteras).