Native Range: This plant is a perrenial evergreen, native to the rainforests of Brazil
Adaptations: Adapted to low light levels and high soil moisture content.
Leaves: Slender, pale gree. Dark green ovular and circular blotches on top, purple on bottom. Grow to about 45 cm in length
Flowers: Small, yellow/white, and tubular; very inconspicuous. Usually produced in pairs and held on dense stalks above the leaves. Appear in June through August.
Pollination: By bees and other bugs, also attracts hummingbirds
Fruits: The fruit is a very small, insignificant capsule.
Seed Dispersal: The small fruits are collected by ants, a popular method among rain forest plants. This spreads the seeds to a new location.
- Calantheas are popular houseplants due to their hardy nature. They are also known as “prayer plants” or “zebra plants.”
- These plants are good at removing toxins from the air, especially those caused by cleaning products.
- They are thought to have been introduced to Hawaii in the early 1970’s