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Products > Orthophytum magalhaesii
Orthophytum magalhaesii
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Orthophytum magalhaesii - A terrestrial saxicolous (growing on rock) bromeliad growing to 2 feet tall with thick stems holding attractive lanceolate leaves that are brown with scurfy silver hairs and white teeth along the margins. These stems are topped with attractive "flower heads" of green bracts that nearly hide the small white flowers in their interior.

This plant grows well in full sun along the coast but likely would appreciate part sun or light shade in hot inland. Plant in a well-drained mix where it is fairly dry growing but also responds well to regular to occasional irrigation. Has proven hardy to short duration temperatures around 28°F. An unusual plant that makes a very attractive specimen in a pot or in a well drained site in (or on) the ground with compatible succulent plants. Orthophytum magalhaesii is endemic to the Atlantic Forest biome in Brazil where it is known to grow on granite rock outcrops in the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo. It was first described by Lyman Smith Phytologia in 1966. Orthophytum is in the subgenus Bromelioideae and the name of the genus comes from the Greek word 'ortho' meaning "straight" and the Latin word 'phytum' meaning "plant" in reference to the long straight inflorescence bearing leaves. The specific epithet honors the botanist Geraldo Mendes Magalhães who first collected the type specimen of this plant in 1958. We first received our stock plant of this wonderful plant from Julie Barlow of Rancho Soledad Nursery in 2008. 

This information about Orthophytum magalhaesii displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.