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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dischidia imbricata

I had finally got my hands on this one sold in the nursery today (9th June 2020) I had dropped by at Sg.Buloh nursery and wanted to check out what was available there with any new stock been refurbished. I was quite disappointed as most of the plants were taken and mostly are the types that I don't fancy.  This one however, caught my interest and I quickly grabbed it.

Like most dischidia, they all have similarities - this one have almost the same characteristics of Dischidia albiflora where the leaf nodes are appearing to have jointed pairs.

The characteristic are a such where the foliage develop imbricate leaves which hold tightly to the growing surface. The underside of the leaf has a space which is filled with roots that creates a miniature sealed dome.

The main difference here is that the leaves appear to be swollen and have sharp pointed edge - almost like heart shaped similar to another  - Dischidia Ruscifolia (Million Hearts Plant) but a bigger version.

Perhaps this might be a cultivar where they may be interbred.

This plant is very heavily rooted on the medium with is most pieces of coconut husk chips put together - the appearance of good and healthy roots does make this plant grow well.

Another thing that I often do is take cuttings and propagate spares of this plant as they can be temperamental and suddenly rots and die.

These do great as cascading plants when hanged upon on a kokedama ball or even slipped in between Staghorn Fern rootball - they truly add great feature in the creating diversity in the cascading effect.

The flowers have a sweet pinkish colors, more like bell shaped - similar to kangaroo pouch plant flowers.

Do click on their names to get to the link to get into more detailed information
on their Care and Cultivation on each plant types and their characteristics.

Different Types of Dischidia - Names & Images


Lorelei said...

I just found your blog while researching Dischidias. I collect Hoyas, and have branched out into Dischidias recently. You have awesome plants! Unfortunately I am in the north central US and only grow outdoors in summer months. Over winter I grow in a dedicated plant room with LED grow lights and humidifiers. Some day I hope to visit SE Asia and view my favorite plants in their native environments.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and growing skills.

James David said...

Hi Lorelei,
You are so welcome, Glad to know that you collect these epiphytes. Some dischidias species do prove difficult but some are extremely easy. Hope you enjoy my blog and do feel free to post any questions and I try my best to answer.

Gilbert said...

Is Dischidia imbricata and Hoya Imbricata are from the same family?

James David said...

Hi Gilbert,
You asked whether Dischidia imbricata and Hoya Imbricata are from the same family?
Overall both are from the main branch - and in the matter of plant care and needs - both have the same needs.
However dischidia and hoya are two different species.
Hope this helps.

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