Scindapsus pictus

Scindapsus pictus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Monsteroideae
Tribe: Monstereae
Genus: Scindapsus
Species: S. pictus
Binomial name
Scindapsus pictus
  • Pothos argenteus W.Bull
  • Pothos argyraea J.J.Veitch
  • Pothos argyraeus Engl. nom. inval.
  • Scindapsus argyraeus (J.J.Veitch) Engl.
  • Scindapsus pothoides Schott nom. illeg.

Scindapsus pictus (satin pothos, silver vine) is a species of flowering plant in the arum family Araceae, native to Bangladesh, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, and the Philippines.[2]

Growing to 3 m (10 ft) tall in open ground, it is an evergreen climber. On juvenile plants the leaves are oval and entire; on mature plants the leaves are pinnately lobed. They are matte green and covered in silver blotches. The insignificant flowers are rarely seen in cultivation.

The specific epithet pictus means "painted", referring to the variegation on the leaves.[3]

With a minimum temperature tolerance of 15 °C (59 °F), this plant is cultivated as a houseplant in temperate regions, where it typically grows to 90 cm (35 in).[4] The cultivar 'Argyraeus' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]


  1. "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  2. Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  4. RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
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