15 deg C/59 deg F
The Brazilian Dipteracanthus makoyanus (syn. RiteUia rnakoyana), the monkey plant, is a low-growing plant with a tendency to ramble, and is best grown in the half-sometimes used for alpine plants. It does well when trailing over the edges of pots.
Theare spear-shaped, purple below and olive-green above, with the veins in contrasting creamy-green. It has solitary deep rose-pink . Rather similar is Dipteracanthusportellae, (syn. KueUia portellae), but only the central vein shows much contrast. The flowers are of a similar colour. It can be grown as an from , and although it may sometimes continue to grow it seems to be short-lived. D. portellae can be propagated from taken in spring. The young plants should be stopped to promote a branching habit, but established plants are best left alone as much as possible. To get good winter flowering, a temperature slightly higher than the recommended minimum must be maintained. These plants are unsuitable for chilly homes, or where central-heating is used without humidilication. In chilly conditions they soon deteriorate, and the leaves turn yellow and fall.