Diastema, Phinaea and Amalophyllon

The genera Diastema, Phinaea and Amalophyllon are closely related, and comprised of mostly soft low-growing herbs.  All have scaly rhizomes at their roots, are usually found in deeply shaded and damp locations, and are restricted to Central America.  The boundaries of the two latter genera, Phinaea and Amalophyllon, are still confused, and some botanists consider the two to be best lumped together in Phinaea.   The genus Niphaea is also related to this group (and the name is an anagram of Phinaea).

Most of these species have significant ornamental potential, and are in cultivation.  Several intergeneric hybrids have been made. 

  


Amalopyllon Species


Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 in Belize

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 in Belize

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 tray

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 leaf variants

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 leaf variants

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 leaf variants

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 leaf variants

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 flowers

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 flowers


Diastema Species


Diastema affine

Diastema comiferum

Diastema comiferum (closeup)


Diastema comiferum flower closeup


Diastema racemiferum


Diastema racemiferum


Diastema racemiferum

Diastema racemiferum (Smithsonian)

Diastema vexans and Diastema racemiferum flowers

Diastema quinquevulnerum

Diastema vexans plant portrait

Diastema vexans Smithsonian

Diastema vexans

Diastema vexans flower

Diastema vexans and Diastema racemiferum flowers
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Diastema species (Colombia)
   


Phinaea Species


Phinaea albolineata
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Phinaea multiflora

Phinaea multiflora GS07

Phinea sp USBRG 96-86

Phinaea sp USBRG 96-336

Phinea sp. USBRG 96-336 GS07


Hybrids

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xGloxinistema 'First Frost'

xGloxistema 'First Frost'

xPhinastema 'California Dreaming' (detail)

xPhinastema 'California Dreaming'

  

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