Chrysothemis Species

This page shows an overview of all the species of Chrysothemis in the wiki. For information on the genus and links to the single species pages see Chrysothemis.


Chrysothemis friedrichsthaliana is native from Honduras south to Colombia and Ecuador. The species forms a tuber that allows it to go dormant during the dry season. It is one of two species in the genus that is most commonly cultivated.

The photos below from Nhu Nguyen was taken in Panama where the plant grows in a crevice on the side of a building.

Chrysothemis friedrichsthaliana, Nhu NguyenChrysothemis friedrichsthaliana, Nhu NguyenChrysothemis friedrichsthaliana, Nhu Nguyen


Chrysothemis pulchella has a very broad range of distribution from the Caribbean south to Brazil. It produces a tuber, which allows it to go dormant during the dry season. There are several forms in cultivation that often go under the name 'Copper Leaf', 'Bronze Leaf' or 'Black Flamingo'. All of these may refer to the same plant with darker leaves. The photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen of a dark-leafed cultivar.

Chrysothemis pulchella, Nhu NguyenChrysothemis pulchella, Nhu NguyenChrysothemis pulchella, Nhu NguyenChrysothemis pulchella, Nhu Nguyen

Chrysothemis pulchella 'Black Flamingo' the photo below was taken by J. Scholfield.

Chrysothemis pulchella, J. Scholfield


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