Silver Leaved Earth-Star
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Silver Leaved Earth-Star
ntroduced Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: Silver Leaved Earth-Star
Botanical name: Cryptanthus argyrophyllus    Family: Bromeliaceae (Pineapple family)

The genus Cryptanthus consists of about 50 terrestrial species commonly called earth stars because of their shape. The plants have low-spreading rosettes of 6-20 leaves. Silver Leaved Earth-Star has succulent leaves which have toothed margins, from 3-12 inches in length. They are frosted with sivery grey or white, this making theleaves look silvery. The white flowers appear in the center and from between the leaves, a few at a time. They are so popular that there is a separate Cryptanthus Society affiliated with The Bromeliad Society. Silver Leaved Earth-Star is native to Brazil.

Identification credit: Suman Sinha
Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.
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