Rhaphidophora cryptantha arrived!

clibanarius(z8GA)August 8, 2008

...and I'm thinking aroideana wasn't exaggerating its vigor!

Here's what it looks like today:

What impresses me is the last inch or two of the stems, which are white and virtually chlorophyll-free. If I'm not mistaken, this represents the growth this plant put on since it was packed in a dark box and shipped -- 3 days ago!



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aroideana(Tropical Australia)

Alan , very impressive , now you just have to get it established on a suitable mount . With three stems , you could try 3 different types .. cork , hardwood , and coir maybe ??? Good growing .

    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 2:15AM
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bihai(zone 9)

I have one growing over a rock. They are lots of fun.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2008 at 10:58PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Is this one of those species often called "shingle plants"
Many years ago there was a nursery in Boynton Beach .Among the many botanical wonders he had growing was
a " New Guinea shingle plant" The remarkable thing about it was the leaves were red with black stripes .Overlapped much like shingles on a roof . The effect was breathtaking lol. Unfortuneately , I never got any info . Feel certain it was a Rhaphidophora but have never found it . I want one for my new seep wall but all I can find are the green types. Anyone know about this??? gary

    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 7:13AM
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A rock? How big are the leaves?

The white stems are now not quite as green as the rest of the stems, but they're getting there; no further growth that I can see, though. I'm wondering if the growing tips have been damaged, which would slow things down a bit.

I've only just learned about shingle plants myself, so I'm not familiar with all the different species. Haven't come across one with black-striped red leaves; I'd remember that!



    Bookmark   August 10, 2008 at 10:53PM
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bihai(zone 9)

I have a few species of Rhaphidophora that don't shingle: hongkongensis, which will adhere to the mount but the leaves don't really overlap, pachyphylla which has tiny leaves and does the same, decursiva which looks like a big weird philodendron, and tetrasperma (also called climbing dwarf monstera 'Ginny').

The ones that I have that truly shingle are korthalsii and cryptantha.

The only other species of plant that I am aware of that you can actually buy at times if you are lucky enough to stumble into them somewhere from a collector are the Marcgravias.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 6:29AM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Thanks for that info. At least I have some idea what to look for. The red and black form I saw was so striking .He had it growing up a modified trellis along with about a dozen other species of plants. In his younger days he had done some collecting on his own in New Guinea. He had a bunch of stuff I've never seen anywhere else.
Unfortuneately he passed away. They put condos on his GH and his kids sold the business .
Sure wish I'd asked him the latin name ,
Thanks again gary

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 6:18AM
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bihai(zone 9)

This is my R. korthalsii. Its been on this totem for a while now (over a year). I has made a side branch or 2 that are going over directly onto the wall of the greenhouse

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 8:37PM
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