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Unknown Caladium?

Caladium sp


Perhaps Caladium sp?? I find several that are close, but look like developed strains, not the native Ecuadorian plant pictured. The leaves of this plant are "elephant ear" shaped, basically green with red midrib and veins and white and/or pink spots inbetween the veins (lamina?). This plant was less than 30 cm tall. They get much taller, but possibly this bloomed quickly as a result of being cut off.


These grow freely in the Amazon rainforest of SE Ecuador. They are very hardy. I've been mowing this plant for years and it just keeps coming back. They grow well in open areas and tolerate direct sunlight.


It had been nearly two months since mowing and I noticed a flower inside so thought I'd better take a picture of it. Perhaps someone can nail down the species. It seems like there are a lot of them but only 7 native to Ecuador.

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Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Lat: -0.17, Long: -78.48

Spotted on Feb 10, 2019
Submitted on Feb 23, 2019

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