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An unusual epiphytic small shrub of the snapdragon family. Native to Zululand, South Africa, where it's at risk of becoming extinct. In nature, found growing in the forks of trees, hence it's common name. The leaves are soft and rubbery with shallow toothed margins and reddish veins. Tubular deep red flowers appear midwinter encircling the top of each stem just below the leaves. Pollinated in Africa by sunbirds. Makes a great pot plant or try growing as an epiphyte in the fork of a tree. Needs a very loose, well-draining soil mix with plenty of leaf litter or compost. Important to not over-water. Requires a mild, frost free climate, bright shade.
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