Nidularium lineatum (syn. N. innocenti var. lineatum)

This species , like all Nidulariums, is native to Brazil. It grows as an epiphyte on trees. It has a rosette of leaves that may be up to 60 cm (24 in) in diameter. The leaves are stiff, leathery, pointed and spiny-toothed on the margins. They are green on the upper side and dark violet-red with numerous white stripes on the underside. The inflorescence, growing in the centre of the rosette, does not extend beyond the leaves. The brilliant red bracts protruding from the inflorescence are very striking. The petals are white with a green base. The flowers in the centre of the inflorescence open first and the marginal flowers open later.

The great advantage of the blossoms of Nidulariums is their longevity; they may last as long as three months.

It is an extremely decorative house plant, especially if it is affixed to a stump in an epiphytic arrangement. Nidulariums require a relatively high temperature and slight shade, for in their natural habitat they are accustomed to the dimness of a dense forest. They tolerate a less humid atmosphere but must have water in the centre of the leaf rosette and a moist substrate. The best potting medium is a mixture of peat, sand, beech leaves and charcoal, or at least peat and sand. Good drainage, in the form of crocks or pieces of charcoal, is essential. Putting moisture-retentive sphagnum moss around the plants is recommended.

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