Marcgravia aff. coriacae ‘Melon’

This Marcgravia is very rare, and has only become recently available in the hobby. It came labeled as aff. coriacae ‘Melon’ and is from Ecuador.  So far it has been one of the slowest species to grow.  The color is an exceptional pink, with slightly green edges. The leaf is a beautiful oval shape, and very small.  It resembles the one called ‘Melon’, also out of Ecuador.  It is possible they are the same but I do not believe they are.  Since there are so many unidentified species coming out of Ecuador, most of which at the time of import are showing immature growth only, it is incredibly difficult to properly identify, and distinguish between them.

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