Jessenia is a cultivar that is relatively new to the pothos family. Discovered just in 2014 by Costa Farms, it is a stable sport of Marble Queen, which is why the two varieties look so similar.
The specific epithet of the species name aureum comes from aurum, which means ‘gold’ in Latin—referring to the more colorful cultivars and varieties of the species, as pothos is well known for its stunning variegations of gold and green.
Pothos plants are originally native to the Solomon Islands and the Society Islands, but you probably won’t see any cultivated varieties out in the wild. Instead, wild pothos plants can typically be spotted in the understory of forests or climbing up large trees.