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Cryptanthus - Earth Star Bromeliad

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 April 2018 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Cryptanthus is a genus of plants found in the Bromeliaceae family. Cryptanthus bromeliads are unique in that they only grow terrestrially as opposed to many other bromeliads that can grow mounted on a substrate. The genus get its name from the Greek word meaning hidden flower. Cryptanthus are more commonly known as Earth Stars, a name they received because of the shape of their foliage. With over 1,200 different varieties, Cryptanthus have incredibly varied and beautiful foliage ranging from dark green and variegated to bright reds and pinks to silvery stripes. Most Cryptanthus grow close to the ground and can be as small as three inches in height. However, there are some species of Cryptanthus that can grow as tall as three feet.

Photo captured February 25, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/60 second F/4.8 ISO 800 26 mm

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle iamge et ocmpo quel rendu et formes ce gris blanc sueprbe vue.

10 Apr 2018 5:42am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique mélange de couleurs.

10 Apr 2018 5:51am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That is amazing...

10 Apr 2018 5:54am

Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I never seen this plant. Very strange and amazing

10 Apr 2018 6:01am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Those patterns are dizzying. Wonderful nature.

10 Apr 2018 6:16am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Très originale cette plante !
Ta photo est vraiment belle
Bonne journée

10 Apr 2018 6:31am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Très beau graphisme sur cette plante grasse magnifique.
Bonne journée Steven

10 Apr 2018 7:12am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

It looks like velvet , surprising, Phil

10 Apr 2018 7:39am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle plante!

10 Apr 2018 8:33am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

What fantastic rippling foliage, beautifully captured. It inspired me to look it up as I wondered how it could photosynthesise

10 Apr 2018 9:42am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful framing of this plant . Looks like alive ...!

10 Apr 2018 10:24am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love how you captured this- I can almost feel the texture

10 Apr 2018 12:06pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very interesting !

10 Apr 2018 1:11pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


10 Apr 2018 2:17pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

I like this shot. Thanks for the info.

10 Apr 2018 2:41pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you very much for the interesting info.
Fabulous shot here ! Thank you :)
I honestly thought it was an animal :)))))))))))))))))))))

10 Apr 2018 2:46pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture and explanation of this earth star.

10 Apr 2018 2:47pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I did not know this plant. Magnificent textures...

10 Apr 2018 3:22pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Wow I'v e never seen!
Interesting plant. Love compo.

10 Apr 2018 4:23pm

Remus from Portugal

For a few moments this seemed to me, to be more of the animal kingdom than of the vegetable kingdom.It reminded me of spider legs.

10 Apr 2018 4:29pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture of this plant. Wonderful details. :)

10 Apr 2018 4:46pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

reminds me of snake skins

10 Apr 2018 5:36pm

willy from Belgium

un superbe cliché Steve.

et des informations intéressantes


10 Apr 2018 6:04pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A strange and beautiful plant. Thanks for the information.

10 Apr 2018 6:25pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

I used to have a red and black stripy one :)

10 Apr 2018 7:22pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Quelle plante étrange qui fait penser à une étoile de mer !

10 Apr 2018 7:56pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It is very pretty and so big! Interesting that they grow in the ground. Wonderful information!

11 Apr 2018 12:19am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very strange looking.

11 Apr 2018 3:30am

Ginnie from Suwanee, United States

It reminds me of a deep-sea creature, Steven. It's amazing.

11 Apr 2018 4:44am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, AZ, United States

An incredibly cool plant! Love your photo, just filling the frame... :-)

12 Apr 2018 4:35am