|Syngonium podophyllum subsp. var.||Arrowhead plant, Arrowhead vine, Arrowhead Philodendron, Goosefoot|
Syngonium podophyllum is the most commonly cultivated species, being used as a houseplant since the late 19th century. It was originally confused with the similar-looking African genus Nephthytis, and this is still used as a common name for the plant. It was given its own genus in 1879. Other names include:
There are several variegated cultivars, the main differences being in the position and extent of the cream or white markings. Some leaves are almost entirely white, pink or yellow. All parts of the plant are poisonous and cause severe mouth pain if eaten.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Syngonium podophyllum, Schott. A tender creeping plant: lvs. becoming 5-7-pinnatisect, 4-6 in. long; petioles becoming 15-20 in. long: tube of the spathe 1-1 1/2 in. long; blade of the spathe 2 1/2 in. long, greenish outside, white within. Mex. The typical form is probably not in cult.
Var. albolineatum, Engl. (S. albolineatum, Bull.), has whitish costae and lateral nerves. Offered by John Saul, 1893, presumably as a tender foliage plant. CH
Syngonium species are often grown as house plants, usually only in the juvenile foliage stages. For successful growth, a winter minimum temperature 16 °C to 18 °C (60 to 65°F) must be maintained, rising to 20 °C to 30 °C (68 to 86°F) during the growing season. They require high humidity, including misting the leaves regularly, and good light, but not direct sunlight; they will tolerate low light levels. Water freely from spring to autumn, sparingly in winter. Feed regularly in spring and summer. If juvenile foliage is preferred, cut off all the climbing stems that develop — the plant will remain bushy, rather than climb, and the leaves will be more arrow-shaped. Repot every second spring. Propagation is by cuttings or air layering.
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- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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