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Orthophytum

Orthophytum's are in the Bromeliad family with more than 25 species, cultivars and hybrids in cultivation. The wild species are limited to eastern Brazil where they seem to grow on rocks and sides of cliffs. Actually being terrestrial the roots grow into the cracks and fissures between rocks which generally contain moisture and nutrients. Unlike their epiphytic relatives, Noregelia, Vriesia, Guzmania, etc., Orthophytum do not have 'cups' or hold water in the center leaves of the plants.

The name Orthophytum means 'erect plant' which refers to the upright flower spike of most species. The thick stalk can grow quite tall and produces tiny flowers at the top amongst foliage that looks like miniature plants. Though most species have upright stalks an exception is O. navioides with inflorescences nestled down in the foliage. Orthophytum come in many shapes and sizes, most as erect rosettes but some are semi-climbing varieties like O. vagans.

Many Orthophytum are confused with Dyckia or Hechtia due to the long leaves having sharp 'teeth' along the margins yet others no 'teeth', fuzzy foliage covered in scurf (a whitish powdery substance) or are bright and shiny. Some have apple green leaves while others are red, spotted, multi-colored, and even streaked, striped or variegated. All Orthophytum's are suitable for hanging baskets, container gardening, mixed plantings with other succulents or even rock gardens in warm climates. They can be grown as house plants in a sunny window, on patio gardens or under trees and in tall pots that show off the draping foliage. Plant your Orthophytum in fertile but well-drained soil. A suitable mix is 1/2 potting soil, 1/4 hardwood bark mulch (or Orchid mix) and 1/4 Perlite, small stones, crushed lava rock, etc. Water often in spring and summer and in winter keep barely damp but never let it dry out completely like you would a Cactus plant. Give plenty of bright light to bring out the best foliage coloration and most can take full sun once adapted.

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Orthophytum sp. Silver
Orthophytum sp. Silver

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Orthophytum sucrei
Orthophytum sucrei has light green new growth that darkens as it ages and it piles up upon itself in rosette formation.

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Orthophytum vagans
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Orthophytum vagans Variegated
Orthophytum vagans Variegated - Description coming soon!

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Orthophytum x Blaze - vagans x navioides
Orthophytum x "Blaze" is a hybrid of O. vagans and O. navioides. It has the long thin green leaves of navioides but when it blooms the leaves take on the red color of vagans and puts on a very colorful show.

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Orthophytum x Brittle Star
Orthophytum x Brittle Star is a seedling of O. Hatsumi Maertz x O. Hatsumi Maertz that somehow produced this gorgeous offspring. Not a huge plant, about 12" across at maturity, it takes on a deep red color with the lime green center and is topped off with huge teeth.

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Orthophytum x Hatsumi Maertz
Orthophytum "Hatsumi Maertz" is a hybrid of O. saxicola and O. gurkenii and has the soft red leaves of saxicola decorated with the spots of gurkenii. Hatsumi grows to about 6" across and forms thick clusters, perfect for a hanging basket.

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Orthophytum x Iron Ore
Orthophytum x Iron Ore is a hybrid of O. magalhaesii X saxicola v. aloifolium with broad dark green leaves overlayed in red then sprinkled with white snow.

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Orthophytum x Ivory Tower
Orthophytum x Ivory Tower

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Orthophytum x Moonglow
Orthophytum x Moonglow

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Orthophytum x Mother Load
Orthophytum hybrid "Mother Load" is bizarre with short broad leaves completely covered in silvery-yellow fuzz with sharp teeth to match.

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Orthophytum x Stardust
Orthophytum x "Stardust" is a hybrid terrestrial Bromeliad with dark green leaves almost totally covered in bright silver spots and the brighter the light, the brighter the coloration. This photo does not do it justice! Excellent in a hanging basket. Keep from frost.

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Orthophytum x Starlight
Orthophytum x "Starlight" is a hybrid with dark green leaves splashed with gold and reddish-bronze plus mottled with various shades of green and has small marginal teeth. Bright light causes more coloration. Excellent in a hanging basket. Keep from frost.

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xNeophytum Andromeda
xNeophytum 'Andromeda' is an interspecies hybrid of Neoregelia 'Marble Throat' X Orthophytum navioides and can grow over 24" tall and wide.

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xNeophytum Burgundy Hill
xNeophytum "Burgundy Hill" is a cross between Neoregelia "Royal Burgundy" and Orthophytum navioides. It has long skinny leaves that turn a deep blood red and the clump can reach 30" across.

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xNeophytum Cabernet
xNeophytum 'Cabernet' is a hybrid of Neoregelia and Orthophytum navioides.

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xNeophytum Firecracker
xNeophytum 'Firecracker' is a hybrid between Orthophytum navioides X Neoregelia 'Fireball'.

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xNeophytum Galactic Warrior
xNeophytum 'Galactic Warrior' is the variegated cultivar of xNeophytum 'Ralph Davis'.

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xNeophytum Gary Hendrix
xNeophytum 'Gary Hendrix' is a hybrid between Neoregelia princeps X Orthophytum navioides.

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xNeophytum Hytime
xNeophytum 'Hytime' is a hybrid of Orthophytum vagans X Neoregelia concentrica and has broad leaves.

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xNeophytum Lisanne Kiehl
xNeophytum 'Lisanne Kiehl' is a hybrid between Orthophytum navioides X Neoregelia 'Blushing Bride' and will take on a red color if grown in the sun or just before blooming.

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xNeophytum Ralph Davis
xNeophytum 'Ralph Davis' is a hybrid of Orthophytum navioides X Neoregelia 'Meyendorffii'.

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xNeophytum Rein's Pride x O. navioides
xNeophytum 'Rein's Pride' x O. navioides

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xOrthocohnia x "Surprise"
Orthocohnia x "Surprise" is a hybrid of Orthophytum estevesii and Deuterocohnia lorentziana. It looks like lorentziana but is much, much larger.

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xOrthotanthus - C. microglaziovii x O. navioides
xOrthotanthus is a hybrid of Cryptanthus microglaziaii and Orthophytum navioides. It has the long narrow leaves of navioides with the coloration of Cryptanthus.

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