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Scindapsus 'Diwata'





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Alicia Quintana (Baby Moody)


Alicia Quintana (Baby Moody)

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Base Species or Cultivar:

Scindapsus pictus


Cultivar Origin:

Alicia Quintana (Baby Moody) from Angeles City, Pampanga, acquired the specimen from a seller in Lucban, Quezon, in 2022. Initially consisting of four leaves, this specimen was later propagated through cuttings. Originally acquired as a non-variegated Scindapsus, it subsequently underwent mutation in Ms. Quintana's garden. Initially, it was thought that the plant was overwatered because the leaves suddenly turned yellow and were not given attention afterward. Much to everyone's surprise, the variegation developed and persisted in the subsequent leaves of the plant. Four generations of propagation occurred prior to the submission of this cultivar.

Name Origin:

"Diwata" is derived from the Sanskrit words "Deva," meaning "divine," and "devata," meaning "celestial beings." In modern times, Diwata is most commonly known as a nature spirit or "fairy," often stewarding over specific mountains or land. They were believed to reside in large trees, such as acacia and balete, serving as guardian spirits of nature, bestowing blessings or curses upon those who impacted the forest and mountains. While their appearance varies across accounts, they generally resemble beautiful, ageless humans, often feminine, akin to nymphs and dryads.

The leaf characteristic of this cultivar mirrors the beautiful, golden fair skin of the mythical Diwata. Additionally, the symbolism of Diwata as a steward of forests reflects our unwavering dedication to collecting Scindapsus.

Growth Habit:

The growth requirements for this Scindapsus pictus cultivar are akin to those of its counterparts. It flourishes in a chunky, well-draining soilless medium and thrives in tropical temperatures ranging from 25˚C to 35˚C. Maintaining humidity levels between 40-70% and ensuring adequate air circulation are also crucial.

To cultivate these plants successfully, they should be positioned in a well-lit environment with a balance of natural sunlight in the morning and afternoon, supplemented by full-spectrum grow lights. Careful watering is essential to prevent root issues stemming from excessive moisture.

Leaf Blade:

Length: Young leaves are about 2.0 inches; Mature leaves are about 4.0 inches.
Width: Young leaves are about 0.7 inches; Mature leaves are about 1.2 inches.

The leaf blade is lanceolate shaped leaves with sturdy and matte hand-feel. The silver colors typical of Scindapsus pictus plants can be still seen across the leaf blade.

Bloom and Fruit:

Not observed yet.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Unlike the typical ovate-cordiform shaped leaves of Scindapsus, this specific cultivar stands out with its lanceolate shaped leaves, characterized by a sturdy and matte texture. Initially, it produces dark green, non-variegated leaves that transition to light mint green variegation before ultimately becoming washed-out yellow in color. While reminiscent of Scindapsus pictus Bakunawa during the variegation stage, this cultivar differs in that the yellow variegation is uniformly distributed throughout the leaf, rather than following a mosaic pattern. Additionally, unlike variegated plants, this cultivar does not exhibit prominent lines on its stem.

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