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Scindapsus 'Paraluman'





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Nico Morilla, Melchor Carranza, Aislinn Chuahiock, Patrick Uy


Nico Morilla, Melchor Carranza, Aislinn Chuahiock, Patrick Uy

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Scindapsus Pictus


Cultivar Origin:

The Scindapsus Pictus Paraluman hails from Llyabac, Real Quezon. Llyabac is a barangay in the municipality of Real, a province of Quezon, CALABARZON (Region IV-A), Philippines. It was offered to Nico Morilla as a variegated Scindapsus growing in a small garden of a plant seller. As the "variegation" is unusual he was fascinated by its oddity, hence took the chance and put it to the test if the "variegations" will persist.

Propagation and growing was then entrusted to four plant friends. And to our pleasant surprise it did, but more fascinatingly, our results while consistent in its core features, has uniqueness based on the environment it was fostered in.

Name Origin:

Paraluman is the Filipino word for a "Beauty Queen”. It is also meant to be a term for "Muse", where a woman is a paragon of perfection and one who inspires you artistically.

Thus, we would like to dedicate the Scindapsus Pictus Paraluman to all our Beauty Queens.

Growth Habit:

We have observed that the Scindapsus Paraluman exhibits no difference in growth habit as any Scindapsus in its class. It is a straightforward no-fuss Scindapsus that grows happily in loose and well-draining medium, with good mid to high level humidities but good air-circulation. It enjoys bright natural sunlight, tropical temperatures, and controlled watering with it enjoying a dry-out in between.

We do prefer to grow the Paraluman on a pole (rather than hanging) in order to achieve larger/elongated and hardier leaves. We've also observed that during the propagation process, a newly propagated specimen will exhibit less mottling but will recover once established.

Leaf Blade:

Through our experience with the Paraluman, we've observed that leaves have presented itself in various forms/shapes. With four growers exposing their specimens in their own environments, we've seen consistent mottling on leaves. They are shaped from the usual "heart shaped" Scindapsus leaves to irregularly shaped (largely attributed to how voracious the mottling is), to elongated spear-shaped leaves as our photos show.

Leaf size ranges between 5cm to 15cm (or so) and is stiff/cardboard-like. The surface of the leaves do appear "crinkly" with its mottling patterns feeling embossed to the touch.

Bloom and Fruit:

None observed

Distinguishing Characteristics:

The Scindapsus Pictus Paraluman is indeed an atypical wild looking Scindapsus, especially in its full established/mature form. We have endearingly described it as the Philodendron Paraiso Verde of Scindapsus as its mottling features do resemble the beloved Philo visually. Unlike its close "variegated" cousins that rely on light to keep its variegations robust, we do not see the Paraluman lose its signature mottling or notice its dependence on strong filtered light. We do believe however, that it is most likely influenced by "temperature", enjoying tropical/greenhouse environments (28-32C).

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