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Scindapsus pictus 'Exotica' Care

Scindapsus pictus 'Exotica' is typically referred to as a silver splash, satin, silver satin Philodendron or pothos. Scindapsus are not Philodendron though. These are different genuses in the Araceae family with different native origins. Scindapsus are native to Southeast Asia and Philodendron to the tropical Americas.


Quick taxonomic lesson. The taxonomic tree goes family, genus, species. When written, the family name is capitalized and not italicized, the genus name is capitalized and italicized, and the species name is italicized but not capitalized. (I often forget to italicize scientific names. It's also not possible on Instagram. Or at least I don't know how to do fancy stuff like that.) Common names are not italicized or capitalized, though many people often capitalize them like we do our given names. Cultivars, such as 'Exotica' and 'Argyraeus' are not the same plant but they are also not genetically different. Cultivars can be the result of a genetic mutation but they are typically human made hybrids. Cultivar names are capitalized and placed in single quotations.


Moving on...


Scindapsus are not pothos (lowercase nickname) or Pothos (uppercase genus) either. The lowercase "pothos" is typically used as a nickname referring to Epipremnum aureum, more commonly known as devil's ivy or golden pothos. At one time E. aureum was classified as uppercase Pothos aureum but was reclassified as an Epipremnum following some botanical debate and controversy. (The whole thing is a bit confusing and I won't get into it here.) Despite the change in genus, the name pothos stuck around. Today it has been expanded and is often used to describe a wide variety of vining plants that resemble Epipremnum and Philodendron.


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