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Gmelina philippensis Cham

Gmelina Philippensis

SKU 4672

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Plant Care

Watering

During summer, Water daily or when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. During Winter season water once in 2 days or when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Keep the soil lightly moist at all times, but do not overwater as this will cause brown spots and leaf drop. Curly or dry leaves suggest, the plant is dry and needs watering. Water in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Always check your soil before watering.

Light

During summer season keep the plants in shaded area and during winter season plants can withstand direct/indirect light.

Temperature

During summer season or when the temperature is above 45°C place the plant in shaded area. During winter season or the when the temperature is below 45°C the plants can be directly placed in direct/indirect sunlight.

Fertilizer

Apply liquid fertilizer or slow release fertilizer once in 15 days. Always fertilizer the plants during the morning hours when the temperature is low. For best results use Folikraft ready to use Outdoor Plant Food / Flower Booster.

Plant Bio

An extraordinary round shrub with pendant branches, large long leaves and exotic flowers composed of yellow blossoms which emerge at the end of a tube-like structure of overlapping bracts. The flower resembles a parrot's beak. Large yellow pod contains 1 seed. Sow seed in standard potting mix with good drainage. Grow in full light, water freely and feed once a month. Related species - Gmelina Arborea. These are tropical plants, and can be deciduous in cooler climates.
Other-worldly, long, tubular, overlapping racemes hang like pendants and end in pointy, beak shaped lemon-yellow flowers. The trumpet shaped flowers wait for pollination then develop into small, yellow non-edible fruit. Grown mainly for its decorative chain like flower pendants, this small tree only reaches about 15 feet at full size and is covered in ivy-like, deep green leaves. Nothing about this plant is normal and even the bark is unusual. Often used for bonsai gardening this is an easy to grow plant for the urban garden collection or small patio in a city setting.

BIOGEOGRAPHY

Native DistributionIndia - Myanmar, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia (Kelantan), Singapore, and the Philippines
Native Habitat - Terrestrial (Secondary Rainforest, Disturbed Area / Open Ground)
Preferred Climate Zone - Tropical
Local Conservation Status - Native to Singapore (Presumed Nationally Extinct (NE)

DESCRIPTION AND ETHNOBOTANY

Growth Form - It is a thorny, climbing shrub, shrub or climber.
Foliage - Its opposite, stalked leaves have thinly leathery blades that are egg-shaped to elliptic to drop-shaped, green above, pale green below, and 5–8 by 3 cm.
Flowers - The flowers are yellow, 5–8 cm long, and arranged in hanging cones with pointed red bracts.
Fruits - Its drupe (fruit) is yellow, drop-shaped, and 3 cm long.
Habitat - It grows in open habitats, gaps, margins, thickets, and secondary forests.
Associated FaunaIts -  flowers are insect-pollinated.
Cultivation - It can be propagated by seed.
Etymology - Gmelina, commemorating Johann G. Gmelin (1709-1755), German naturalist and traveller in Siberia, professor of botany at Tübingen University; Latin philippensis, from the Philippines, referring to one locality in the natural distribution of the species
Ethnobotanical Uses - Medicinal ( Its fruit is mixed with lime to treat cough. The juice of its fruit is applied to the eczema of the feet. The juice of its roots is used as a purgative and in treating fatigue. The extract of its roots is used internally as a stimulant, resolvent, and in treating diseases of the joints and nerves.)

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