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Aglaonema

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 16 December 2014 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Aglaonema is a genus of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae. They are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and New Guinea. They are known commonly as Chinese evergreens.

Aglaonema have been grown as luck-bringing ornamental plants in Asia for centuries. They were introduced to the West in 1885, when they were first brought to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. They have been cultivated, hybridized, and bred into a wide array of cultivars. They live in low-light conditions and are popular houseplants.

This mainly tropical genus is known for its intolerance of cold temperatures. Chilling injury can begin at 59 °F. The injury manifests in dark, greasy-looking patches on the foliage.

Cultivars have been selected for their shape and size, and especially for the color and pattern of the leaves. Many have white or cream-colored stems. Some have also been developed to tolerate colder temperatures. The most common cultivar is 'Silver Queen', which has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Most propagation of Aglaonema is done with cuttings and by dividing the basal shoots. Care of the houseplant involves protecting it from cold temperatures and excessive sunlight and removing any inflorescences that develop, which can prolong the life of the plant. It requires moist soil, and while some cultivars require a small amount of fertilizer, plants are easily injured when over-supplemented. Aglaonema are prone to false mites (Brevipalpus californicus. They may also acquire populations of nematodes, such as root-knot nematodes and Pratylenchus species, which cause root lesions. Pathogens include the fungus Myrothecium roridum and bacteria such as Pseudomonas cichorii, Erwinia chrysanthemi, and Xanthomonas campestris, which can all cause leaf spot. Colletotrichum fungi can cause anthracnose.

Aglaonema plants are poisonous due to calcium oxalate crystals. If ingested they cause irritation of the mucous membranes, and the juice can cause skin irritation and painful rash.

Photo captured September 23, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful to look at but from a distance!

16 Dec 2014 9:56am

Laurette from Lonehill - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture with wonderful light of this very special plant. A plant that must not be eaten !!

16 Dec 2014 10:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautiful plant shot and thoroughly documented

16 Dec 2014 10:52am

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Beautiful shades of green. A nice way to filll the frame. Interesting info as well.

16 Dec 2014 11:29am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

I like the lighting in this one

16 Dec 2014 11:48am

franz from Baden, Austria

the translucent feeling here is quite enchanting! interesting info as well - you never know what you harbour in your home ... ;-)

16 Dec 2014 1:24pm

aIDa from guilan, Iran

we have this plant in our home ^_^
lovely green plant :)

16 Dec 2014 2:30pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful lines and textures in this image.

16 Dec 2014 4:12pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love the light and the shapeliness of these leaves

16 Dec 2014 6:04pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Excellent composition. Beautiful combination of forms and light.

16 Dec 2014 6:09pm

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

very nice
it green is so beautiful
:)

16 Dec 2014 8:32pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful capture of this lovely plant.

16 Dec 2014 9:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

lovely

16 Dec 2014 11:24pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is just beautiful! These leaves have gorgeous colors and patterns. I love all the shades of green. A beautiful composition!

17 Dec 2014 1:52am

yo from Ile de France, France

Très belles et bien vertes ! Les miennes sont de glace ! :)

17 Dec 2014 8:44am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bon cadrage

17 Dec 2014 10:52am