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Culture plant by Elizabeth,

The lignotuber from

The leaves by David Stang,

A small terrestrial plant by Xemenendura,

The eatable fruits from Macleania,


Albert Charles Smith, 1935


Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela


Mix - Epiphytic - Rocks


Medium - Maximum


Minimum - Maximum


100 Centimetres


60-600 Centimetres


Red / White






Thibaudia rupestris, Kunth, 1819.
Thibaudia nitida, Kunth, 1819.
Psammisia rupestris, Klotzsch, 1851.
Psammisia nitida, Klotzsch, 1851.
Psammisia glabra Klotzsch, 1851.
Psammisia costaricensis, Klotzsch,1851.
Psammisia alpicola, Klotzsch 1851.
Macleania turrialbana, Donn. Sm. 1899.
Macleania trianae, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania sodiroi, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania pilgeriana, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania nitida, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania glabra, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania elliptica, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania ecuadorensis, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania costaricensis, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania alpicola, Hoerold, 1909.
Macleania robusta, Rusby, 1920.
Macleania irazuensis, S.F. Blake, 1922.
Macleania euryphylla, S.F. Blake, 1924.
Macleania attenuata, Fedtsch & Basil. 1926.
Macleania reducta, A.C. Sm, 1932.
Macleania racemosa, Cufod. 1933.
Cavendishia nitida, A.C. Sm. 1935.

This member of the Ericaceae family was given this name by Albert Charles Smith in 1935. It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, growing as an epiphyte on trees or rocks, or in a well drained soil with some to lots of water and little to lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 100 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from 60 to 200 centimetres in height with additional six metres vines, or as a little tree! The flowers are red with a slim white edge.

The genera name after John Maclean, 19th century Scottish merchant who exported plants from Lima, Peru. The species name from Latin; rupes; rock and the ending means; 'living among'.

The flowers by Alfredo F. Fuentes,