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Base Species or Cultivar:
Mayari is a white variegated sport of one of the forms of Scindapsus pictus. The originator discovered the one-leaf plant at a small plant show in Manila roughly ten years ago. It was originally a single-node plant and exhibited the white variegation that has persisted across plants propagated from it via cuttings.
Mayari is the Philippine goddess of the Moon. The Goddess of Combat, Revolution, Equality, Beauty, Strength, Moon and Night. Mayari’s light does not shine as brightly as her brother’s (the Sun) due to an eye injury inflicted upon her in her battle to rule the world equally with the Sun. Still, she is recognized to be the most beautiful and charming Philippine deity. While etymology is unclear, the word “yari”, meaning 'completed' or 'perfected', features prominently in her name.
The white variegations of this Scindapsus are reminiscent of the Moon’s glow and phases. Just like Mayari, each pattern of variegation adds another layer of character to each plant, on its way to its own version of complete perfection.
Like the base species, this cultivar is a climber. However it can be grown in hanging pots as well, like its often done in horticulture. It has been grown in two different mediums: in-ground and in a general aroid mix. The ground pH measured between 5.1-5.5 where it was grown and when terrestrially grown it tends to develop larger leaves compared to its potted counterparts.
Light only appears to affect variegation where all-white leaves are concerned. All-white leaves appear to grow best when left in lower light conditions, under the direct shade of other plants.
Length: Young leaves are between 8-10 cm; Mature leaves are about 13 cm.
Width: Young leaves are between 4-6 cm; Mature leaves are about 7 cm.
This cultivar is characterized by flat, ovate-cordiform shaped leaves with acute apices and cordate bases. Its leaves are arranged in an alternating fashion and are attached to the stem in a petiolate manner. Venation is pinnate.
It exhibits a smooth and matte leaf lamina with raised sections where there are silver patterns. It is unlike the cultivar Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ because it exhibits white variegation. Like the ‘Exotica’, it still retains the green base color with silver patterns. However, in addition to its unique white variegation, the patterns in the variegated areas are not silver like the ‘Exotica’, but white.
Bloom and Fruit:
Not observed yet.
This cultivar is distinguished from other cultivars of Scindapsus pictus like ‘Exotica’ because of its production and display of white variegation. Variegation can range from a white sliver in the center of the leaf to the entire leaf (in what is commonly known as “full moon” variegation). Furthermore, the petioles and the stems of this cultivar also display white variegation, ranging from a line of white on the petiole or stem to an entirely white petiole or stem. Finally, unlike the Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’, whose patterns on the leaf are silver, the patterns on the variegated portions of Mayari are white.