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Alicia Quintana (Baby Moody) & Beach Padogdog (Bechoy)
Alicia Quintana (Baby Moody), Beach Padogdog (Bechoy), Michael Reginaldo, Daryl Dale Guevara
Base Species or Cultivar:
In 2022, the specimen was acquired from a seller located in the province of Laguna. It consisted of six leaves with prominent white variegation and was later reproduced through cuttings.
Mutya, a feminine Filipino name, has its roots in Tagalog, the language spoken by one of the prominent ethnic groups in the northern Philippines. It signifies "amulet," "jewel," or "pearl," carrying connotations of wonder, beauty, and unparalleled worth. The significance of this name led the originator to bestow it upon the plant, valuing it immensely. Given its association with white precious stones like pearls, Mutya is a perfect fit for this white variegated specimen.
The growth requirements for this Scindapsus pictus cultivar are similar to others of its kind. It thrives in a chunky, well-draining soilless medium and prefers tropical temperatures between 25˚C to 35˚C. Maintaining humidity levels of 40-70% and ensuring proper air circulation are also important.
To cultivate these plants successfully, they should be placed in a well-lit environment with a combination of natural sunlight in the morning and afternoon, supplemented by full spectrum grow lights. Careful watering is necessary to avoid root problems caused by excessive moisture.
With the right conditions and a pole to climb on, this cultivar can grow vigorously, producing elongated heart shaped leaves measuring up to 7 – 10 cm in length and 2 – 6 cm in width.
Length: Young leaves are between 5-7 cm; Mature leaves are about 10 cm.
Width: Young leaves are about 4 cm; Mature leaves are about 6 cm.
This specific cultivar stands out with its flat, elongated heart-shaped leaves, which have pointed tips and rounded bases when young. As the leaves mature, their edges curl up, giving them a more edgy appearance. They are arranged alternately along the stem and have petioles for attachment, following a pinnate venation pattern.
The leaves have a textured and matte surface, with raised sections featuring silver patterns. Throughout the leaf, white variegation is dominant while maintaining the characteristic green and silver colors typical of Scindapsus pictus plants.
Bloom and Fruit:
Not observed yet.
When comparing it to its counterpart, Scindapsus pictus ‘Mayari,’ one might mistake Mutya for being the same plant. However, there are distinct differences between them. Mutya's leaves have a weave-like texture resembling twill fabric, in contrast to Mayari's smooth and matte leaves. As Mutya's leaves mature, they tend to curl up at the edges.
The leaf color of Mutya is a combination of light green, dark green, and silver, with the white variegation being prominently visible throughout the leaf. Additionally, this cultivar showcases further variegation in the form of vertical lines along the petioles and stems, sometimes even having entirely white petioles or stems.