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Photo by Dr. Alexey Yakovlev, Flickr.com.


The caudex from Strangewonderfulthings.com.


The leaves by David Stang, Tropicos.com.


The flowers from Strangewonderfulthings.com.

Author: 

Rudolf Hoerold, 1909

Family: 

ERICACEAE

Origin: 

Ecuador (Colombia , Panama?)

Soil: 

Mix - Epiphytic

Water: 

Medium

Sun: 

Medium - Maximum

Thickness: 

25 Centimetres

Height: 

60-250 Centimetres

Flower: 

Cream - Orange  - Red / Pale Blue / Green

Propagate: 

Seeds/Cuttings

Names: 

Tropical Blueberry

Synonyms: 

Anthopterus ericae, Sleumer, 1935.
Macleania ericae, Sleumer, 1938.
Macleania sleumeriana, A.C. Sm. 1950.
Macleania smithiana, Luteyn, 1996.

This member of the Ericaceae family was given this name by Rudolf Hoerold in 1909. It is found in Ecuador and some claim Colombia and Panama as well? It is growing as an epiphyte or in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 25 centimetres in diameter, the vines can reach from 60 to 250 centimetres in length. The flowers are from cream over orange to red with a pale blue or green edge.

The genera name after John Maclean, 19th century Scottish merchant who exported plants from Lima, Peru. The species name from Green; pente; 'five' and -pteryx; 'wing' for the winged calyx - fruits.


A flowering branch from Gardensbythebay.com.sg.


The five-winged fruits by Dennis Stevenson, Plantsystematics.org.