Tree-hugger. Silvery on the edges. Loves Hawai’i, even though not native to that archipelago. I could be writing about myself, but all of these also apply to the ‘Argyraeus’ satin potho in today’s photograph.
Scindapsus pictus is native to parts of Malesia, Thailand, and Bangladesh. Along with cultivation in tropical areas such as the aforementioned Hawai’i (where this photo was taken), it is widely grown as a houseplant in temperate climates due to interest in the patterned leaves. The cultivar ‘Argyraeus’ is particularly popular, thanks to its silvery leaf-margins (argentum meaning silver in Latin)–it has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
These evergreen climbers do best in partial shade or partial sun (glass half-full or half-empty?). If a supporting trunk or other structure isn’t available, plants tend to grow in a loose tumbling manner. I remember marveling at this particular plant, with its leaves barely touching and therefore seemingly growing with optimal spacing to capture sunlight for photosynthesis.
For those interested in etymology, there seems to be some disagreement on the origin and meaning of Scindapsus. Apparently, it is derived from the Greek skindapsos, which (in one of the links above) is said to mean “upon tree trunks”. Other references suggest it simply means an ivy-like plant. Curious is another purported origin as a nonsense word, with meaning later attached to it as “something or other”.