Bartlettina Sordida

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


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A tall plant
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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
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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.


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Clusters of flowers
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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
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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.


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Seed pods
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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
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After fertilization, the flowers lose their coloration and become seed pods.


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Spent flowers
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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
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Spent flowers at the top of a stem in the center of this plant.


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Large leaves
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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
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Large leaves which can grow to 12 inches (25 cm) across, lend this plant a very tropical look.


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Overlapping leaves
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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 License
#132342_4125BCX


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.


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