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  Caladium lindenii 'Magnificum'
  Family Name : Araceae

  Common Names : Angel's Wing, Indian Kale, Spoon Flower, White Vein Arrow Leaf, Yautia

Angel's Wing,Indian Kale,Spoon Flower,White Vein Arrow Leaf,Yautia
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      0.3 m to 0.6 m
  • Biogeography
    • Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      [Others]: Growth Form: Herbaceous shrub that grows from tuberous rhizomes. Foliage: Leaves are large, thin and leathery with entire leaf margin (0.45 m long). They are arrow-shaped with 2 oval-shaped lobes at the leaf base. The leaf stalk is brownish and either erect or slightly curved (0.3 - 0.6 m). Stalks may be covered in soft, short hairs or rough. Leaves are light to dark green and whitish along the major veins. Flowers: Whitish, unisexual flowers resemble calla lily flowers. The inflorescence consists of a green, rod-like spadix and white, petal-like spathe that surrounds the spadix like a hood. Fruits: Fleshy fruits are whitish berries. Landscaping: This species is grown for its ornamental foliage. It grows well in containers and is ideal for interior decoration. The variegated leaves provide a nice contrast against mostly green plants. Consider planting this species in front of large ferns, shrubs or small trees. Alternatively, it can be used as edging to provide a tropical look. Cultivation: Plant this species in fertile, moist, but well-drained soil that is slightly acidic (eg., loamy potting soil or sandy loam soil). It requires a humid environment. When growing this species indoors, consider grouping several plants together to increase humidity. Although some gardening books recommend placing plants on wet pebbles to increase humidity, please note that stagnant water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. This species is susceptible to whiteflies, mealy bugs and pythium rot. Propagation: Propagate by rhizome division. Etymology: The genus "Caladium" is believed to originate from the South American names for these plants ("kale" or "kaladi"). The species epithet "lindenii" was named after John Linden, a botanist who studied tropical plants in Colombia during the mid 1800s. This species was named "Angel's Wing," because the pointed lobes at the leaf base look like wings. Caution: For some people, touching the leaves may irritate their skin.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Flowerbed / Border, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      [Remarks] (May cause skin irriation)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Planting Distance :
      0.3 m to 0.4 m
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting, Division
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, White
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Leathery, Thin
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Sagittate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Macrophyll ( 182.25cm2 - 1640.25 cm2 )
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Root Type :
      Underground (Tap Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Unisexual Flowers (Monoecious)
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Spathe & Spadix
      Flowering Period :
      Flowering Habit :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Non-Accessory Fruit: Berry)

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