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Normal colored leaf form with flower, growing as an epiphyte

Dark colored leaf form

Remusatia pumila

Winter dormant. Prefers shady slopes  and moss covered rock faces and frequently grows on trees with its corms covered in moss and leaf humus. Flowers in June/July after leaves are produced from  dormant tuber. The fragrant flower with its tall yellow spathe is distinctive. Leaves are very decorative with some rather dark coloured forms. Often the underside of leaves are coloured a rich purple. Remusatia species in general do not seem to worry about the prospect of flowering and setting seed. They produce stolons that grow to some length and then produce masses of  bulbils (tiny tubers) which are wind dispersed in winter.

Best grown in a free draining rich organic compost. Leaves fall off in autumn and once the tuber has matured, a dry  cool  winter dormant  session gets the tuber ready to being its growth cycle again in spring.

Habitat: This is a widely distributed species with its homeland ranging from the cool mountains of Northwest India through to Southwest China.

Ethnobotany: The blade portion of very young flower buds eaten in villages in a form of curry or deep fried crisps.

Tiny bulbils ready for dispersal in winter

Spathe base opens to expose spadix and  facilitate entry of pollinators.

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