Plant Database forum: Scindapsus 'Argyraeus' and 'Exotica'

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purpleinopp
Dec 30, 2017 9:04 AM CST
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Silver Philodendron (Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus')

there are pics of both styles of leaf. I am not sure which name goes with which style, dots vs. much larger splotches.
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eclayne
Dec 30, 2017 10:00 AM CST

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Good question. 'Argyraeus', originally a wild collected plant named var. argyraeus was described as supra argyraeo-maculata (silver spotted above). This is the definition used by some like the RHS. Others, including MOBOT, define it as "...leaves have silver-white edges..."
Descriptions of both 'Argyraeus' and 'Exotica' ('Exoticus') can be found in Hatch's Perennials describing 'Argyraeus' as have more silver spots than wild collected plants (due to selection of cultivated plants over the years) with 'Exoticus' ('Exotica') being mostly silver with a central green tree.

Some links:
Original description of var. argyraeus'. https://archive.org/stream/mob... (page 13)
MOBOT: http://www.missouribotanicalga... I've asked the folks at MOBOT if they clarify this but didn't receive a reply.
RHS: https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/...
Hatch: http://members.tripod.com/~Hat... (search argyraeus).

Silver Philodendron (Scindapsus pictus 'Exotica')

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purpleinopp
Dec 30, 2017 10:35 AM CST
TYVM for the effort & info!
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eclayne
Dec 30, 2017 11:11 AM CST

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You're welcome Tiffany.
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plantladylin
Dec 30, 2017 11:40 AM CST
I've had 'Exotica' for at least 11 years and the leaves are larger and thicker than those of 'Argyraeus'. I think my Exotica had that cv. name listed when I bought it but with my memory, I can't be certain. Smiling

I almost lost the Exotica to the cold when it was left outside in January about six or seven years ago. I had to prune away a lot of dead plant but it survived, although it is a very slow grower which is more than likely due to my neglect.

I just uploaded a side by side photo of both to the general database entry for Scindapsus showing the difference.

Here are photos I just took of both plants; flash had to be used because they are inside:
Thumb of 2017-12-30/plantladylin/121181 Thumb of 2017-12-30/plantladylin/0d6abc

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purpleinopp
Dec 30, 2017 11:52 AM CST
Those are gorgeous, Lin!

The behavior of yours sounds similar to mine. I have a tiny stem of the spotted one that, at the rate it is growing, will be enough mass to really be noticeable in about... 10 more yrs? LOL!

Maybe some attention should be given to sort the pics into their respective cultivar entries, if others also think a couple of those pics in the entry I pasted look like the other cultivar, or the species entry if the cultivar is not readily apparent?
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