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Description: One of many colourful species of these dramatic plants that we find in Colombia. We collected seed of this species on our way to Manizales from Honda during our first week there in 2016 at over 2,500 m. It is what we regard as a small to medium-sized species to 1.5 m or more tall, with large palmate rugose leaves to about 1.1 m wide held on red prickly petioles at 1.2m long. The inflorescence is a spike to 1.5 m long on mature plants, with relatively short arms, again usually quite a bright red. Grow in a moist, but freely drained compost/soil out of strong sun protecting the centre of the plant from hard frosts.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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