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Scindapsus 'Apolaki'





Nomenclatural Notes:

Under review

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Released Year:




Cultivar Type:



Raydis & Josan Tabacug


Nico B. Morilla & Aislinn Y. Chuahiock

Seed Parent:

Pollen Parent:

Base Species or Cultivar:

Scindapsus pictus


Cultivar Origin:

Mr. & Mrs Tabacug of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental Philippines had the plant growing in their backyard and was directly offered to Mr. Nico B. Morilla. It was immediately suspected to be a different form of variegated Scindapsus Pictus as it exhibited unique bright yellow variegation. First generation propagated specimens were entrusted to Ms. Aislinn Chuahiock for continuous impartial observation, propagation, and affirmation of its distinction amongst recognized variegated Scindapsus.

Name Origin:

APOLAKI is the God of the Sun and War revered by the Tagalog and Pangasinan people of the Philippines. Filipino mythology paints Apolaki as the son of the supreme God, Bathala and a mortal woman, along with his sister Mayari, the Goddess of the Moon.

As such where our Goddess of the Moon is represented, we find it natural to name this new cultivar in recognition to the God of the Sun, Apolaki. Both proudly hailing from the Philippines and a source of horticultural pride.

Growth Habit:

We have consistently produced and propagated 3 generations of this yellow variegated Scindapsus Pictus. We find that its growth characteristics is no different from the Scindapsus Pictus Mayari and general Scindapsus Pictus. Propagated in moss and comfortably grown in airy media (aroid mix). We've grown our specimens primarily in pots, both in indoor and outdoor settings. It is an active crawler/climber, produces yellow variegation in varying but consistent degrees, enjoys humidities 55% and on, with tropical temperatures between 26C to 32C and thrives in bright filtered light.

New leaves' variegation first materializes as a dull lime green and will gradually intensify to a matte bright yellow as the leaf ages.

Leaf Blade:

Heart/spade to ovate shaped that tapers to a point. With sturdy leaves measuring in length between 5cm to 8cm in length. Sturdy with the recognizable silver speckles of its species.

Bloom and Fruit:

none observed.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Apolaki is best compared with its sister, Scindapsus Pictus Mayari. While the adult Mayari leaf exhibits milk white variegation, the mature Apolaki leaves showcase bright striking yellow. The Apolaki also displays lime colored variegation running as a stripe on its stems. However, we have noticed that this doesn't necessarily dictate the veracity of variegation on the leaf.

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