The Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with dozens of rare and endangered plants unlike any other.
You have to see it to believe it! The flowers and fruit on the Medinilla ‘Gregor Hambali’ plant grow directly on its main stem, rather than on its branches. The botanical word for this is “cauliflory” (no relation to cauliflower!)
Each little flower has the potential to become a fruit. In this case, the bright magenta flowers become deep purple berries. Some of the flowers have dropped off now but the berries remain.
Medinilla ‘Gregor Hambali’ is derived from a tropical jungle plant from Papua New Guinea where it is a semi-epiphytic shrub. To find this other-worldly plant, visit the Aquatic Plants Gallery at the Conservatory of Flowers.
The flowers and fruit on the Medinilla ‘Gregor Hambali’ plant grow directly on its main stem, rather than on its branches.