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  Episcia cupreata 'Cleopatra' Easterbrook
  Family Name : Gesneriaceae

  Synonyms : Episcia cupreata 'Cerri's Tricolor', Episcia cupreata 'Pink Brocade'

  Common Names : Cleopatra Flame Violet

 
Cleopatra Flame Violet
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Trailing)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Maximum Height :
      0.10 m to 0.15 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      USA (Ohio)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Temperate
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Herbaceous creeping and trailing shrub with stoloniferous stems, generally up to 15cm height from base.
      Foliage: Leaves velvety, with pale pink margins and pale green mid-section shaped like oak leaf outlined by a thin white halo. Photos in this plant record show the Canadian clone, said to be hardier than the original 'Cleopatra', and plants exhibit chimeric variegation of original genotype in the darker leaf variegation.
      Flowers: Corolla trumpet-shaped, bright red and furry, lasting 2-3 days.
      [Others]: Parentage: Chimeric sport of Episcia cupreata 'Frosty', cultivated by E. Leo Easterbrook from USA (Ohio), introduced to horticultural world in 1963, and registered with Gesneriad Society, Inc. in 1964.
      Cultivation :
      Slow-growing due to lack of chlorophyll, requires more care than other Episcia cultivars. Prefers moist but well-drained media (eg. peatmoss-perlite soilless mix) and high humidity. Avoid waterlogging which causes root and stem rot. Propagate by stolons and stem cuttings.
      Etymology :
      Genus epithet 'Episcia' derived from Greek word for shaded ('episkios'), a reference to the natural habitat of this genus of plants. Species epithet 'cupreata' means 'copper-coloured', describing the reddish foliage colour of the species form.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      None
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Focal Plant, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Hanging Basket, Terrarium
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Naturalistic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water, Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Slow
      Maintenance Requirements :
      High
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting, Stolon / Runner
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, Pink, White
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Velvety / Furry / Tomentose, Raised / Sunken Veins
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Red
      Flower Symmetry :
      Radial
      Flowering Habit :
      Polycarpic

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