Epipremnum aureum (Pothos) Aka Golden pothos, Centipede tongavine, Hunter’s robe, Ivy arum, Money plant, Silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, Taro vine. It is also called devil’s vine or devil’s ivy because it is almost impossible to kill.
Epipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the family of Araceae, native in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. The species is a popular houseplant in temperate regions, but has also become naturalised in tropical and sub-tropical forests worldwide, including northern Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Hawaii and the West Indies.
Epipremnum means “upon the tree stump”. Aureum’s meaning is ” Golden flower”.
E. aureum is an evergreen vine growing to 20 m (66 ft) tall, with stems up to 4 cm (2 in) in diameter, climbing by means of aerial roots which adhere to surfaces. The leaves are alternate, heart-shaped, entire on juvenile plants, but irregularly pinnatifid on mature plants, up to 100 cm (39 in) long and 45 cm (18 in) broad; juvenile leaves are much smaller, typically under 20 cm (8 in) long. The flowers are produced in a spathe up to 23 cm (9 in) long.
POTHOS (Pothus) was also known as the god of sexual longing, yearning and desire. He was one of the winged love-gods known as Erotes. Late classical writers describe him as a son of Zephyros (the west wind) and Iris (the rainbow) representing the variegated passions of love.
The three Erotes–Pothos, Himeros and Eros–were often depicted together in Greek vase painting. In the image right, Pothos sprinkles the essence of desire upon the bull-riding maiden Europa from a cup.
Epipremnum aureum (Linden & André) G.S.Bunting