Gasteranthus atratus

Photo by Leslie Brothers, copyright Smithsonian Institution
Grown at Smithsonian Institution greenhouses

This genus requires high humidity and low light conditions, and is a challenge to grow and flower.  Indoors, the plant is usually grown in an enclosed container as can be seen here.  The characteristic display fruit presents the seed mass in a highly visible fashion.

USBRG 1996-013

 

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