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Griffinia espiritensis Ravenna

Family Name: Amaryllidaceae
Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage


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Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
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Name Status (botanical)


Native Distribution South Eastern Brazil
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Bulbous herb to 40cm tall when in flower
Foliage Leaves mid - dark green, in certain forms spotted; to 30cm long by 8cm wide. 
Flowers Inflorescence 10-40cm tall, with  5-10 flowers. Flowers bluish purple, lilac or mauve, with white lines in certain forms. 
Habitat Understorey herb in shaded, humid woodlands
Etymology The specific epithet 'espiritensis' refers to the state of Espirito Santo in Brazil, where the species was first collected. 
Ethnobotanical Uses Agriculture - Forestry ( In Brazil, this species is grown extensively as a ground cover under/ undergrowth to prevent erosion to the top soil on slopes)

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Flowerbed / Border, Groundcover, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Slope Stabilization

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting, [Remarks] (Prefers locations with bright shade and high humdity)
Fertilizing Prefers soils/ media with high organic content
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Remarks Leaves spotted in some forms

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Blue, Purple, White
Flower Texture(s) Thin
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 31298
Species ID 5695
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Species record last updated on: 21 October 2020.