Blakea gracilis - A plant with outstanding aesthetic characteristics

Blakea gracilis (Myrtales - Melastomataceae) is a neotropical plant with splendid, relatively large, and showy white flowers, displaying yellow anthers which dehisce by terminal pores. Flowers are sweet scent and lack nectar. 

Like other species of Blakea, this species is hemiepiphytic in the wild. The open flowers, about a half-dollar in size, are borne singly in the leaf axils and have six petals.

This species can be found in Central and South America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil and Peru).

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Photo credit: ©Nobuhiro Suhara | Locality: Kyoto Botanical Garden, Japan (2008)

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