• WordNet 3.6
    • n Scindapsus evergreen climbers with adhesive adventitious roots; southeastern Asia and Brazil
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scindapsus A genus of monocotyledonous plants, of the order Araceæ, tribe Monsteroideæ, and subtribe Monstereæ. It is characterized by a shrubby climbing stem, branches bearing numerous usually oblique leaves with numerous nearly equal curving veins, and bisexual flowers without floral envelops, consisting of four stamens and a thick truncate and somewhat prismatic ovary which is strongly dilated upward and contains one cell and one ovule with a large embryo destitute of albumen. There are 8 species, natives of the East Indies, especially Bengal and Java. They are climbing shrubs clinging by rootlets produced on the branches, and bear taper-pointed leaves, ovate or narrower, with long broadly sheathing petioles. The flowers are borne in dense masses over a cylindrical spadix inclosed in a boatshaped spathe, and form in fruit a syncarp of closely united juicy berries. Many remarkable plants of other genera have been cultivated under this name, especially those with perforated leaves now classed under Monstera. Some species have been called Indian ivy, as S. hederacea, a vine with abruptly pointed leaves. Several bear ornamental white-mottled leaves, as S. (Pothos) argyræa, cultivated from the Philippines under the name silvervine. Several others have often been cultivated under the name Pothos. The fruit of S. officinalis is prescribed in India as a diaphoretic, dried sections of it being sold by the native druggists under the name guj-pippul.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scindapsus sin-dap′sus a genus of climbing plants.
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