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Cryptanthus 'Dennis Cathcart'


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Terrestrial bromeliad with rosettes to 50cm across
Foliage Leaves to 25cm in length, light green with pale - dull yellow median stripes, usually with transverse dull greysih-white bands. Leaf margins spiny.
Flowers Flowers white, borne in centre of crown. 
Etymology This is a variegated cultivar of Cryptanthus zonatus f. zonatus and was registered by Chanin Thorut of Thailand under the cultivar name of 'Dennis Cathcart'

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Small Gardens, Vertical Greenery / Green Wall, Skyrise / Balcony, Container Planting
Thematic Landscaping Golden Garden
Usage Hazard - Cons Spines/Thorns - Leaf

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Plant Growth Rate Slow
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Easy to Grow
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Sucker, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Green - Light Green, Yellow / Golden, Patterned
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Texture(s) Thin

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Master ID 30865
Species ID 5235
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Species record last updated on: 03 June 2021.