Scindapsus 'Sparkling Lava'
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Alicia Quintana (Baby Moody)
Sarah Abigael Cornelio & Alicia Quintana (Baby Moody)
Base Species or Cultivar:
This cultivar is known to have been found in the region of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was brought to the Philippines, and was then acquired and cultivated by Alicia Quintana of Angeles City, Pampanga, as Scindapsus pictus exotica aurea variegata.
It initially had three leaves with distinct yellow variegations that persisted across plants propagated from it through cuttings.
Lava is commonly defined as molten volcanic rocks, but it is specifically made up of crystals, volcanic glass, and gasses that have been expelled from the interior of a terrestrial planet or a moon onto its surface, by a volcano eruption, or a fracture of the crust.
This cultivar is characterized by what seems to be dry brush strokes of pastel yellow coming from the midrib across the margins, and could oftentimes have larger streaks that appear to be sectoral variegations, all of which strikes as lava spewing out of the crackling surface of the Earth’s crust.
But it does not end there, as it also exhibits a smooth and semi-gloss leaf lamina with apparent embossed sections where there are sparkling silver patterns, that makes this cultivar’s variegations seem like ‘Sparkling Lava’.
We’ve perceived that this cultivar has similar growth habits as the rest of the Scindapsus genus and thrives in chunky, well-draining soilless medium, along with tropical temperatures between 25 to 35 'C, well conserved humidity of 40-70%, and proper air circulation.
They are grown under bright filtered morning to afternoon sunlight, and some of which are under efficient full spectrum grow lights. Watering is controlled, to avoid oversaturation of the roots that could result in root issues.
Given the proper growing condition and a pole to climb on, this cultivar could grow vigorously, and achieve plump leaves that measure up to 12-14 cm in length, and 7-9 cm in width.
This cultivar is characterized by flat, plump, 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. The venation is pinnate.
Length: 7-9 cm
Width: 4-6 cm
Length: 12-14 cm
Width: 7-9 cm
Bloom and Fruit:
Not observed yet.
What sets ‘Sparkling Lava’ apart from other yellow variegated exotica is its remarkable variegation pattern, that is characterized by what seems to be dry brush strokes of pastel yellow coming from the midrib, across the margins, and could oftentimes have larger streaks that appear to be sectoral variegations.
This cultivar also exhibits a smooth and semi-gloss leaf lamina, that is thick to touch, and with apparent embossed sections where there are sparkling, very high sheen silver patterns, along with variegation that is distinguishable in the form of vertical lines across the petioles and the stems.
Its pastel yellow dry brush strokes appear to be ivory white to cream in color as it unfurls, that subsequently develop to pastel yellow, to a partially more saturated tone as it matures.
It is distant from the cultivar Scindapsus pictus ‘Exotica’ as it exhibits yellow variegations, but nonetheless, like the ‘Exotica’, it still retains the emerald green base color with silver patterns.