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Xiphidium caeruleum Aubl.

Family Name: Haemodoraceae
Common Name: Cola de Paloma, Angelhands, Palmita, Soskia
Semi Shade Moderate Water Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Leaves Shrub


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Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub


Native Distribution West Indies

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herb.
Foliage Narrow, linear leaves are arranged in a fan shape that gracefully bends to form a fountain-like structure. Glossy, hairless leaf surface has a rippled texture, because of the parallel venation. 
Flowers Small, egg-shaped flower buds give rise to white, tubular flowers that hang down and open slightly at the tip. Plants produce a spike-like inflorescence under full sun, but a branched inflorescence under semi-shade.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, [Remarks] (Intolerant of waterlogged conditions.)


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Linear)
Foliar Venation Parallel
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acuminate
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 1270
Species ID 2563
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Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.