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Rudylyn D. Mangulabnan
Ma. Cristina Sabado Militar, Aileen Cheng, Kathy Federigan, Maria Elena Delos Reyes, Sheila Quezon
Base Species or Cultivar:
In late 2022, Ms. Lyn Mangulabnan obtained this particular specimen in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Ma. Cristina Sabado Militar successfully propagated the same specimen and later shared it with fellow plant enthusiasts to study how the plant's characteristics remained consistent when subjected to various conditions. Ma. Cristina Sabado Militar and Kathy Federigan currently possess the lush and trailing potted versions of this plant, while the third and fourth-generation propagations are cared for by Aileen Cheng, Maria Elena Delos Reyes, and Sheila Quezon.
"Sisilim" is a term in the Kapampangan dialect, denoting the period of dusk or early evening. Moreover, Sisilim carries cultural significance as a Kapampangan deity, recognized as the first daughter of Apung Malyari, the god of the moon residing on Mt. Pinatubo and presiding over the eight rivers. She is revered as the goddess of the dusk. According to Kapampangan mythology, upon her arrival, cicadas sing songs to welcome her.
It's noteworthy that Ma. Cristina Militar, the first individual to propagate this plant, has her roots in Pampanga. In honor of her heritage, naming the plant after a local deity from her province seems a fitting choice. The leaves of Sisilim display a deep green (almost black) matte color with silver spots reminiscent of the hues of the sky during dusk.
Sisilim thrives in conditions characterized by well-draining soil, temperatures within the tropical range of 25˚C to 35˚C, humidity levels between 40-70%, and effective air circulation. It thrives in a well-lit environment that offers both natural sunlight and supplemental grow lights. Careful watering is essential to prevent over moistening, and when provided with proper support for climbing, it can develop elongated, pointed leaves.
The leaves of Sisilim display an elongated, pointed shape similar to other Scindapsus Pictus leaf blades. The largest leaf measures 8 cm in length and 4.5 cm in width, while the smaller leaves measure around 6 cm in length and 3.5 cm in width.
Bloom and Fruit:
Not observed yet.
The following notable characteristics can be observed on Sisilim:
A. Leaf Color/Details
Mature Sisilim leaves boast a dark green hue, bordering on almost black in color. Silver specks are uniformly distributed across the leaf and become more pronounced as the leaf continues to mature.
Sisilim's leaves have a notably matte texture, which sets them apart from other Scindapsus pictus varieties. They are characterized by a robust and thicker leaf that feels sturdier to the touch.
Sisilim's stems do not exhibit prominent lines, but as they mature, they develop a verrucate texture and become woody. The internodes are evenly spaced from each other, and when placed on flat poles, they form a beautiful shingled pattern.