Fancy-Leaf Caladium
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Fancy-Leaf Caladium
ntroduced Photo: Aarti Khale
Common name: Fancy-Leaf Caladium, Artist's pallet, caladium, Elephant's ear, Heart of Jesus
Botanical name: Caladium bicolor    Family: Araceae (Arum family)

Fancy-Leaf Caladium is a perennial plant grown for its large and showy leaves. It has no stems - the leaves arise directly from the tuber, 6-12 inches long stalks. The stalks are attached to the leaves near the center, rather than at one end (peltate). Leaf are arrow-shaped, 6-14 inches long, and variously spotted or streaked with pink, red, gray, or white. The inflorescence is a 9 inch greenish white spadix, covered by a spathe. Fruit a berry with several or many small ovoid seeds. The whole plant, by the end of its growing season, is about 2 ft tall and 2 ft wide. Fancy-Leaf Caladium is native to South America, grown as a garden plant throughout the tropical world. There are several cultivars with varying ornamental leaves.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Nasik & Delhi.

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