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Scientific Name: Cryptanthus bivittatus
Pronunciation: krip-TAN-thus biv-it-TAY-tus
Common Name: earth star
Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Plant Type: Indoor foliage plant
Key ID Features: Leaves spirally arranged on a compact stem, linear-lanceolate, margins wavy and serrate, pink variegation, up to 15 cm long.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Open, Spreading
Form: Oval - horizontal
Texture: Medium - coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.1 - 0.2m
Spread:0.1 - 0.3m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: South America (E. Brazil)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 11: (above 4 C)
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Well-drained
Water Use: Low
Landscape Uses: Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google
earth star
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Basal
Texture/ Venation: Prickly, Succulent
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Lanceolate, Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Sheathing
Margins: Serrate, Undulate (wavy)

Inflorescence Type:
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:4
Corolla Shape:Tubular
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Showy, White
Flower Time at Peak: Jul, Aug
Fruit Type: Multiple fruit
Fruit Colour: Green
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant, Rarely seen locally
Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Succulent leaves

Propagation: Division - above ground parts
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Medium indoor temperature
Light Level:Medium indoor light level
Pest Susceptibility: Mealybugs, Root rot, Scale insects,
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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