Description: Robust growing and most beautiful, shade loving rambler at first erect, but soon climbing between shrubs to 6m high, the light brown stems supported by stiff stilt-roots, and bearing spreading fronds of magnificent, shimmering peacock blue. Humid - Tropical.
Culture: The iridescence is also seen to be dependent on the conditions under which the plant is grown. Lee et al. grew plants under light conditions with different red (R) to far-red (FR) ratios. They found that only plants grown under a minimum R : FR ratio of 0.35 produced intensely blue leaves. 3
Katherine R. Thomas, Mathias Kolle, Heather M. Whitney, Beverley J. Glover, and Ullrich Steiner
Function of blue iridescence in tropical understorey plants J R Soc Interface. 2010 Dec 6; 7(53): 1699–1707. https://dx.doi.org/10.1098%2Frsif.2010.0201
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