Diastema vexans

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  • Photographer: Leslie Brothers, copyright the Smithsonian Institution
  • Grown by: Smithsonian Institution Greenhouses
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Diastema vexans is a low-growing herbaceous plant with pretty white and lavender flowers and softly hair leaves. It needs fairly warm temperatures and good humidity to thrive, but prefers lower light levels. A nice picture of a whole plant can be seen here; examples of the flowers can be seen here and here.

Two of the most widely grown species in this genus are D. vexans and D. racemiferum. A comparison of the flowers of the two species can be seen hereD. racemiferum is a more dramatic species than is D. vexans.