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Gunnera manicata

Gunnera manicata, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Gunnerales
Familia: Gunneraceae
Genus: Gunnera
Species: Gunnera manicata

Gunnera manicata, Photo: Michael Lahanas

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Gunnera manicata, or giant rhubarb, a native of Brazil, is an ornamental plant in the Gunneraceae family.

The underside of the leaf and the whole stalk have spikes on them. The leaves of Gunnera grow to an impressive size. Leaves with diameters well in excess of four feet are commonplace, with a spread of 10 feet by 10 feet on a mature plant.

This plant grows best in damp conditions eg by the side of garden ponds, but dislikes winter cold and wet. Cover the plant with its own dead foliage to protect the crown in winter.

References

* Pink, A. (2004). Gardening for the Million. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/11892.

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