Protect This! : Psittacanthus gigas

By | March 31, 2014

So…..

For your look into the glory that is the Wildlife of Colombia today, let me present to you : Psittacanthus gigas.

Image via Southern Illinois University

Image via Southern Illinois University

Psittacanthus gigas is a mistletoe from Colombia that was discovered by the late, great botanical explorer, Alwyn Gentry. It lives in the wild in three locations, all in the Buenaventura area. Now, this plant is very interesting for 2 points.

First, it was discovered recently. Specifically, this mistletoe was discovered and categorized in 1984, which is exceptional because so many plants were discovered generations ago, not within our lifetimes…

Second, it is a large plant. It has the largest leaves of any dicot shrub. It’s leaves are also the largest of any parasitic plant. These leaves can be up to 3′ 10″ long and a more than foot wide.

Image via Tropicos

Image via Tropicos

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