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Cyrtosperma johnstonii , Arbi

Cyrtosperma johnstonii

Family: Araceae
Origin: Solomon Islands
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeBog or aquaticKeep soil moistUnusual colorOrnamental foliageDeciduous plantUltra tropical, minimal temperature 55FFlood tolerant

A bizarre looking plant, Cyrtosperma johnstonii is a semiaquatic aroid. The stalks have spiny, and the large lobed leaves are green with blood red veining. Perfect for greenhouse culture. Suitable for bogs and water gardens.

Originated from Southeast Asia and some Pacific Islands. It has large arrow shaped leaves, points up, and odd dark scaly pinkish stems. Can grow to 5' or even bigger in a greenhouse environment. Likes warm humid condition. Upright flowers, typical spath type cream inside with a pink spadix and a black hood. Leaves can get 2'-4' long and bigger. Can be grown as a water plant growing in a bog situation.

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