Gustavia gracillima

Gustavia gracillima

Gustavia gracillima or Narrow Leaved Membrillo is a tree with beautiful flowers.

The long, narrow leaves appear in rosettes at the end of the branches.

It is a slow growing, not hardy tropical tree but it can be grown as a houseplant.

Not yet widely available,  it can prove difficult to find the seeds or plants.

Description:

Gustavia gracillima is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows up to 4 m high.

Leaves are up to 50 cm long, narrow, elliptical to lanceolate, glossy dark green with apparent veins, appearing in a rozet at the end of the branches. New growth is bronze colored.

Flowers are up to 10 cm in diameter, fragrant, waxy, pink with purple stamens and appear directly on the trunk and thick branches.

Nomenclature:

Common names:

Narrow Leaved Membrillo

Synonyms:

Japarandiba gracillima

Etymology:

Gustavia: in honor of Gustavus III, King of Sweden and patron of Linnaeus
Superba: from the Latin gracilis (slender)

Origin:

Colombia

Habitat:

Lowland non-flooded rainforest

Hardiness:

USDA zone 10-11, 5 °C



Care:

Soil:

Well drained soil

Exposure:

Sun, partial shade

Water:

Keep the substrate moist, give plenty of water during the growing season

Feed:

Fertilize every two weeks with fertilizer for palm trees

Temperature:

Ideal temperature 25-35 °C, minimum 20 °C, dies at 5 °C

Pot:

Can be grown in pots as houseplant, may be kept outdoors in the summer

Propagation:

Seed

Sowing instructions:

  • plant seed 1-2 cm deep in moist soil, coconut fiber, perlite, vermiculite
  • 23-25 ​​° C
  • germination time: 3-12 weeks

Image sources

  • Gustavia gracillima: Own work

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