Classification, origin and description
First name: Triphyophyllum peltatum (Hutch. Dalz.) Airy Shaw, 1952
Area of origin: rainforests of West Africa (Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Liberia). It is the only species of the genus Triphyophyllum.
This plant has a biological cycle divided into three stages, each of which has a different shape of the leaves, as suggested by the name of the genus. Initially, the leaves are simple and lanceolate and its appearance is indefinable. Growing up, the leaves lengthen filling up with adhesive glands which, similar to Drosophyllum, allow the capture of insects. In this second stage Triphyophyllum therefore behaves like a carnivorous plant and assimilates animal proteins to favor its development shortly before flowering. The flowers are gathered in panicles are white or pale pink. Finally, the plant reaches the adult stage, where it takes the form of a liana (which can reach 70 meters in length), with small non-carnivorous leaves on a long double stem.
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Second stage leaves - Triphyophyllum peltatum
Environmental requirements, substrate, fertilizations and special precautions
Environmental watering and humidity:
Substrate: the ideal substrate is acid blonde peat.
Fertilizations and special precautions:
Plant at risk of extinction in its natural habitat and difficult to find on the market.