Bartlettina Sordida

Multiple stems
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The Bartlettina Sordida is a multi-stemmed plant with thick stems to support its heavy leaves. The stems branch.


Bartlettina Sordida   •  Native to cloud forests of Mexico   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 11 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:22:46 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132246_4119BCX
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A tall plant
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It can grow to six or more feet (2 meters) and dominated the path. Notice how dense it appears by blocking almost all the sunlight.


Bartlettina Sordida   •  Native to cloud forests of Mexico   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 11 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:23:00 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132300_4120BCX
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Clusters of flowers
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Large clusters of lilac flowers appear in the spring. These splendid flowers reveal the reason for its alternative name, Purple Torch of the Clouds.


Bartlettina Sordida   •  Native to cloud forests of Mexico   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 11 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:23:02 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Terry Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132302_8009TNT
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Seed pods
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After fertilization, the flowers lose their coloration and become seed pods.


Bartlettina Sordida   •  Native to cloud forests of Mexico   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 11 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:23:10 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132310_4121BCX
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Spent flowers
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Spent flowers at the top of a stem in the center of this plant.


Bartlettina Sordida   •  Native to cloud forests of Mexico   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 11 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:23:16 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132316_4122BCX
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Large leaves
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Large leaves which can grow to 12 inches (25 cm) across, lend this plant a very tropical look.


Bartlettina Sordida   •  Native to cloud forests of Mexico   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 11 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:23:34 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132334_4124BCX
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Overlapping leaves
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Overlapping large leaves are necessary because this plant grows in the shade. To cultivate, grow in full or partial shade to emulate its natural location below larger cloud forest plants.


Bartlettina Sordida   •  Native to cloud forests of Mexico   •  Strybing Arboretum external link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 11 May 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:23:34 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132342_4125BCX
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