Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Unknown Caladium?

Caladium sp

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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.

No species ID suggestions

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Lat: -0.17, Long: -78.48

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

Related spottings

Caladium Elephant Ear Caladium caladium

Nearby spottings

Canary Island Date Palm Sparkling Violetear Eucalyptus Agouti