Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys,Brazilian Red-Cloak

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys 
Brazilian Red-Cloak
Ok so this plant has a real tongue twister of a name. If you break it up it might be a bit easier ... so say ...... meh-gas-ke-PAZ-ma ....... e-rit-ro-KLAY-mis..
It is a delighful shrub from south Venezuela and grows to about 2 metres. It starts to flower in June and goes right through to Spring.The flowers which can be up to 30cm in length are made up of a series of crimson bracts each of which contain white 2 lipped flowers. The leaves are immense as well .They are ovate in shape and also to about 30cm. However these leaves are quite soft and when you hear the weather forcast for gale force winds you know that they will be a bit on the tatty side by the end of the day.This photo was taken before it was shredded!
It is very hardy and may even survive light frost but it does need protection from strong win.
2017 update I no longer grow plants for sale but there are a couple of growers in Sydney who can supply it.

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