Scindapsus pictus Hassk.

Etymology Genus An ancient Greek name for an Ivy-like plant
Species Painted; referring to its varigated leaf colour
Family Araceae
Synonyms Pothos argenteus W.Bull, Scindapsus argyraeus Engl.
Common Names Satin Pothos, Silver Vine
Status Native: Common
Form Creeper or climber
Native Distribution Southern Thailand to Peninsular Malaysia & Singapore, Borneo and Philippines


Scindapsus pictus can be commonly found creeping on forest floors of Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves. The leaves are distinct from the varigated colour. The younger leaves are heart-shaped and slightly sickled, while the adult ones (which I have yet to see) are more elongated (Keng et al., 1998). A silvery sheen can be seen when tilted at an angle under light.

Interesting Facts:

This native species is cultivated as an ornamental plant; suitable for indoors.

The Satin Pothos sprawling over the forest floor in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

The leaf, easily identified from its varigated colour.

Underside of leaf, showing the sickled form.

Showing the horizontal stem and petiole.


Keng H, SC Chin & HTW Tan. (1998) The Concise Flora of Singapore. Volume II: Monocotyledons. Singapore University Press, Singapore. 215 pp.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-04-21 / Modified: 2017-12-25