Money Plant
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Money Plant
P Introduced Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: Money Plant, Golden pothos, Ceylon creeper, Hunter's robe, Ivy arum, House plant, Silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, Marble queen, Taro vine
Botanical name: Epipremnum aureum    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Pothos aureus, Rhaphidophora aurea, Scindapsus aureus

Money Plant is an extremely popular houseplant in India. It is an evergreen vine growing up to 20 m tall, with stems up to 4 cm in diameter, climbing by means of aerial roots which adhere to surfaces. However, the plant can be grown virtually anywhere, even in water without soil, or completely away from light. The leaves are alternate, heart-shaped, entire on juvenile plants, but irregularly pinnately cut on large mature plants, up to 100 cm long and 45 cm broad. Juvenile leaves are much smaller, typically under 20 cm long. The plant never flowers due to a genetic impairment of the gibberellin (GA) biosynthetic gene. This was understood only as recently as 2016. It flowers if artificially treated with GA biosynthesis genes. The flowers are typical of arum family, produced in a spathe up to 23 cm long. This plant produces trailing stems when it climbs up trees and these take root when they reach the ground and grow along it. The leaves on these trailing stems grow up to 10 cm long and are the ones normally seen on this plant when it is cultivated as a potted plant. Money Plant is native to Moorea Islands in the Pacific Ocean, widely cultivated in India.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Imphal.

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