Piptospatha: An Aroid from Borneo

By: Crispino Ramos
March 25th, 2014
4:20 pm

Piptospatha:  An Aroid from Borneo

This plant was sold to me with the name - Piptospatha 'Super Blue'. Like Bucephalandra, it can be grown submerged but this particular plant is grown emersed. I would recommend it as a plant for a paludarium or vivarium.

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6 comments on "Piptospatha: An Aroid from Borneo"

  • AaronT
    March 25, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Very nice. It does resemble a large Bucephalandra.

  • Crispino Ramos
    March 25, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Originally Posted by AaronT
    Very nice. It does resemble a large Bucephalandra.
    Thanks, AaronT - you're right it is taller than most Bucephalandra and the spathe is large.

  • miremonster
    March 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Mostly Buces develop more intense coloration submerged than emersed (similar to Crypts), I wonder if it's the same with that Piptospatha under water.

  • Crispino Ramos
    March 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Originally Posted by miremonster
    Mostly Buces develop more intense coloration submerged than emersed (similar to Crypts), I wonder if it's the same with that Piptospatha under water.
    It's a good question however this pictured Piptospatha is grown emersed. My Bucephalandra grown submerged do have intense coloration (red, orange, bluish, metallic blue, yellowish red and orange).

  • Crispino Ramos
    February 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    The spathe pictured above had formed seeds and planted in sphagnum peat moss. The seedlings pictured here had grown for over a year now. See picture below.

  • Crispino Ramos
    February 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I received an email from Neil Sheih a few days ago. He asked me if the flowers of my Piptospatha are self pollinating. I don't know. However, it gave me an idea to pollinate them by rubbing the two flowers. Less than a week later, I noticed that the flowers are forming seeds.

    Thanks Neil!

    See the picture below.



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