Two-Band Earth-Star
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Two-Band Earth-Star
P Introduced Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Two-Band Earth-Star
Botanical name: Cryptanthus bivittatus    Family: Bromeliaceae (Pineapple family)
Synonyms: Billbergia bivittata, Tillandsia bivittata

Two-Band Earth-Star is a perennial plant that grows from a flattened rosette. The leaves are wavy and feature a striped pattern. They are typically available in cultivation in various shades of red, green, white, and pink. Two-Band Earth-Star can get quite big. When grown outdoors in ideal conditions, it can reach up to two feet across. However, it doesn't get very tall. The plant produces flowers only once in its lifetime. Flowers are are tubular white and often remain partially hidden in the middle of the rosette. While the flowers do have a fragrance, it is barely noticeable. It may take several years to flower. After the flowers come and go, the plant slowly begins to die. Two-Band Earth-Star is native to Brazil, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh Photographed in cultivation in Delhi.

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