Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Philodendron Xanadu with Birds, Dragonfly and Caterpillar

Philodendron Xanadu makes attractive house plants. To me they are the smaller cousins of Philodendron bipinnatifidum.


Due to constraints in space, these two P. xanadu have to be planted in the same container

These two plants and many other plantlets sprouted from the stem of the mother plant when I decapitated it for looking too leggy.


 
Philodendron Xanadu and portulaca grandiflora happily cohabit the same container.

A fledgling took a brief respite from the fierce sun to perch below the over- arching fronds.

A sparrow perched on the rim of the container of P. xanadu pondering its next move.



A Dawn dropwing dragonfly brought a drop of colour to this verdant scene.

A tiny, hairy caterpillar walked purposely ...

 
down a blade of leaf.


This Madagascar Periwinkle is a favourite with caterpillars. Overnight the leaves can be decimated by them in their feeding frenzy.

and ended up with some tiny dried leaves on the Philodendron leaf.

 
The attractive and glossy burgundy bract partially covered the white spadix.

This burgeoning spadix is about to pop out of the protective bract. These bright appendages can be seen on the plant for many weeks.


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