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Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Pink Starlite'


Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Pink Starlite'

Family Name: Bromeliaceae
Common Name: Pink Starlite Earth Star, Pink Starlite Starfish Plant


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 0.2 m

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A spectacular, slow-growing, star-like-shaped bromeliad with striking streaks of suffused green and pink on its elliptic foliage that arch downward in a rosette shape and grows horizontally and low to the ground.
Foliage Leaves spirally-arranged in a flattish rosette, stiff, elongated and lanceolate (lance head-shaped), narrow, up to 15 cm long, with undulated and serrated margins, bending backwards towards the tips, variegated with longitudinal stripes ranging from various shades of pink, red, to crimson or maroon, white to cream and light green to dark olive-green, with ash-grey undersides
Flowers Flowers clustering, inconspicuous, white, nestled low in the centre of the rosette; petals 3.
Cultivation Almost a hassle-free plant, it requires minimum care and grows easily under light conditions ranging from bright light indoors to strong filtered light outdoors. Strong, full sun should be avoided as extreme sunlight causes bleaching. The tones of the vibrant colours displayed on its foliage depends on the light intensity, with low to medium light making the colours on the leaves dull and less vibrant, and strong bright light for best foliage colour. It prefers a humid environment and a moist, rich and well-drained soil. Moderately drought tolerant once established. It is generally free from pests or diseases. Propagate from offsets or pups that appear from the leaf axils or at the base of the parent plant. A pup can be removed by giving a slight tug when they are at least one-third the size of the mother plant, and then insert the bottom stem tip into potting soil firmly. It should root easily under warm conditions. Caution: Plant has spiny, serrated leaf margins which requires care when handling.
Etymology The genus epithet 'Cryptanthus' comes from the Latin word 'crypt', meaning 'hidden', and the Greek word 'anthos', meaning 'flowers', in reference to the small, inconspicuous flowers. It is, however, rather misleading as the small, white flowers are far from hidden by perching in the midle of a relatively flat plant. the species epithet 'bivittatus' comes from Latin words 'bi', meaning '2' and 'vittatus', meaning 'banded', in reference to the 2-banded foliage evident in the species.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Pink

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White

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Master ID 29566
Species ID 3875
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Species record last updated on: 14 October 2021.