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Name: Plantania
Schaumburg, Il. (Zone 5b)
Plantainia
Dec 28, 2013 1:14 PM CST
Do they ever flower? I bought a plant that had no identification. It is burgundy and resembles one of your Philodendrums. It had a small single bracket flower that resembled a Bromeliad flower, it was bright orange. The leaf edges are turning brown and some of the leaves have dried up. I really want to save this plant. I have had it for about three weeks now. I have had it in a low light area.

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 28, 2013 1:32 PM CST
Welcome! Plantainia!
I think you might have a type of ginger there, I have recently seen a beautiful 'new' ginger that had dark foliage like yours, and a bright orange flower. Your plant - if it is a ginger, but also if it is a Philodendron - would love to be in a moist humid environment. If you have it indoors with heating it might just be getting too dry. Place it in your bathroom, or on a saucer with water, to give it more of its natural rainforest floor environment.
Someone else may have a better identification....
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purpleinopp
Dec 28, 2013 1:47 PM CST
Looks like a Calathea to me.
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Name: Plantania
Schaumburg, Il. (Zone 5b)
Plantainia
Dec 28, 2013 2:42 PM CST
Dutchlady 1
Thank you for your response. My plant does resemble a small picture of a ginger I have in an old plant book. I will take your advice and put my plant on a bed of pebbles in it's tray. I've just retired and am going to work on getting my thumb greener. Plantania
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extranjera
Dec 29, 2013 5:48 PM CST
It looks like a Calathea to me too, are the stripes on the leaves just shadow or are they real? There are a lot of them, here's the entry on the database. http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=calathea&button=&...

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plantladylin
Dec 29, 2013 6:21 PM CST
I'd guess Calathea also; how about C. crocata? http://toptropicals.com/cgi-bin/garden_catalog/cat.cgi?uid=C...
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 29, 2013 6:46 PM CST
Lin you did it I believe! I recently saw this plant for the first time (cultivar 'Tasmania') and I believe it might be the same one.
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plantladylin
Dec 30, 2013 9:11 AM CST
It sure is a beauty and does indeed look like the cultivar 'Tasmania'. When googling I found a couple of photo's of 'Tasmania':

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tralamander/5734037142/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918877@N00/6805443132/
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Name: Plantania
Schaumburg, Il. (Zone 5b)
Plantainia
Dec 30, 2013 11:49 AM CST
To all who deciphered my plant was a Calathea, you were right on the money. The clincher was the photo posted from wikipedia by plantladylin. It is the species calathea crotata "tasmania" Eternar Flame. I am now going to Google it to find out how to care for it.
Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Dec 30, 2013 2:36 PM CST
I hope you have good luck with it. Even though many of them are native to this area I have never been able to keep them alive more than a few months. I don't know what I do wrong but I've stopped trying now, they are beautiful and I always want to buy one but, no more.
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purpleinopp
Dec 30, 2013 3:35 PM CST
Mine (a C. ornata) has improved since companionizing it, into a pot with other plants. Doesn't seem to like any direct sun except very early or late in the day, from the cooler, sideways rays.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Dec 30, 2013 3:39 PM CST
Yeah, they dwell on the rainforest floor so direct sun is a no-no.

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