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Range: southern Brazil, Minas Gerais state

This highland Brazilian species is a seepage habitat specialist, growing in sandy or humic soils in the campo rupestre vegetation of high elevation sandstone regions that often turn bone dry during the winter dry season. An erect species growing to on average up to 17 cm tall, a small portion of this being stem and the leaves themselves up to 14 cm in length. Long, narrow petioles comprise half to 2/3 the leaf length, the lamina being roughly parallel to lanceolate in structure with a narrower base and tip. Coloration is green to yellowish in the petioles, yellow to scarlet in the lamina. Inflorescences are tall, often pilose, and bear flowers up to 2 cm across with light to deep pink-lilac, obovate petals that occasionally develop darker bases near the flower center. This species is occasionally found growing near D. chrysolepis in the Serra do Cipo regon, but there has never been found to be hybrids between them, showing that they may be related, but are very separate species. Unlike its neighbor, this species also never loses its leaves or goes dormant in the dry season, and rarely develops tall stems or possesses more than 1-3 leaves at any one time; lamina are also lengthier than in D. chrysolepis.


Cultivation; grow in a 3:1 sand/peat mix with temps of 70-85°F during the day, 50-60°F at night, year round. In summer, keep soils moist but aerated, and in winter, allow to dry out almost completely, with only just enough moisture to leave the soil barely damp.


Lifespan and reproduction: perennial. Reproduces through seed, and may be cultivated through cuttings.



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