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This native of tropical rain forests in Central and South America is noted for its large, architectural foliage, which can reach 10 or 12 feet high.
Lycaste is a genus of orchids that contains about 30 species with egg-shaped pseudobulbs and thin, plicate (pleated) leaves. Some Lycaste blooms have a unique fragrance - the scent of Lyc. aromatica has been variously described as cinnamon or clove.
A small perennial herb with erect green-yellow leaves, occurring with a height between 0.2 to 1.8 metres in height.
Black hairs occur along the flowers and stems.
The 'black' species is contained by a monotypic genus, eleven other similar plants of this name are contained by the genus Anigozanthos.
Like the other Kangaroo Paws, Macropidia will achieve maximum growth and flower production when well watered. A drip irrigation system is recommended because the plant will suffer if it is allowed to dry out and conversely, does not like waterlogging.
This one is a conversation piece! On the same branch with white twisted flowers sometimes a few red flowers appear (sport). Blooms May to November and on and off the rest of the year. Unusual variety of this hardy perennial. Will take any soil and any light.
Liane, root climber at first, with small heart-shaped leaves with rounded ends, pressed to tree trunks; then mature foliage pendulous with some finer veins parallel to them, acuminate, up to 13cm long. Inflorescences very distinctive, pendulous, with up to 30 green flowers and 4 or 5 sack-like 3.5cm nectaries to attract humming birds.