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Purple-red Graptophyllum pictum tubular flower with protruding stamens with orange filaments
graptophyllum pictum
Graptophyllum pictum

Native to New Guinea, is cherished for its garden appeal, showcasing a dazzling array of variegated foliage and red to purple-red tubular blooms​. Being a tropical evergreen shrub, it thrives in warm climates, often reaching heights between 6 to 9 feet. Its ornamental charm lies in the colorful leaves marbled with irregular white margins and milky or grey-green blotches along the mid-rib. The plant displays anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, finding utility in medical and dental applications. In Indonesia's folk medicine, it's utilized for an array of ailments including rheumatism, urinary infections, constipation, dermatitis, and wound. Photographed in Cali, Colombia.

Variegated leaves and purple-red Graptophyllum pictum flowers and flower buds

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