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Aislinn Chuahiock & Nico Morilla
Base Species or Cultivar:
Found in the region of Mindanao, Philippines, the Marahuyo came into our possession mid-2021. It was circulating between a handful of collectors who took a leap of faith in suspecting that this is a new mutation. After almost a year in our possession and propagation, we can determine that this is indeed new and endemic to the Philippines.
'Marahuyo' in Tagalog translates to "a state of enchantment or attraction". Which literally describes our reaction when we first came across this unique Scindapsus. It was captivating.
Growth habit is similar to any Scindapsus Pictus: thrives in bright indirect sun, well draining medium, ample humidities above 50%, good air circulation, produces bigger leaves when poled, and minimum fertilization.
The Marahuyo's leaves are similar to other Scindapsus Pictus with its recognizable lance-shaped and wide leaf. Our biggest leaf measures 7 inches long and 4 inches wide, and our smaller leaves measures from 3 inches long.
Bloom and Fruit:
The Marahuyo has exhibited some notable distinctions based on the following characteristics:
1.) Smooth waxy texture - unlike the Mayari, Apolaki, Lakambini where if you run your fingers on the surface of the leaf, you will feel texture.
2.) Matte finish - the Marahuyo's leaf is visibly matte/dull as it ages.
** With the other Scindapsus Pictus, the leaves' hand-feel has a sturdy (quite crisp) and quite a textured feel. The Marahuyo's leaf is meatier with a dull/matte surface and almost waxy hand-feel.
B. Leaf Color and Silver/Specks Details
1) The Marahuyo's leaves are visibly emerald in color.
2) Comparing with other Scindapsus Pictus, it gives minimal speckles of "silver" which doesn't quite "glitter". It appears to be a dull white-gray over or under the variegations as the leaf ages
C. Stem Characteristics
1) Woody/heftier stems
2) Relatively larger adult leaves compare to its cousins: our leaves can go as large a face of person.
3) Wider internode distance
4) Visible stripes on the stems as it ages.
We have observed that the Marahuyo's variegation is unique. This plant goes under "Polaroid stage” like no other! Leaf emerges as lime green and hard to differentiate the variegated areas to its base. As the leaf matures the variegations becomes more prominent, from lime green variegations to golden yellow and other hues. What's interesting as well is, while Apolaki, Mayari, and Lakambini display a pretty straightforward shade in variegation, the Marahuyo has a visual appearance of "layered" variegation. Looks like watercolor where you put one shade on top of another.