Amalophyllon is a small genus of 13 species in the Gesneriaceae family, native to Central and South America. Plants are typically small and delicate herbs that prefer well-drained soils and low light. Plants have a marked dormancy, dying back to "scaly rhizomes" that are distinctive to some genera of the Gesneriaceae. Several species are available in cultivation. Plants typically appreciate high humidity in growth and dry-ish soil when in dormancy.

Amalophyllon albiflorum is native to Colombia.

Amalophyllon clarkii is a small species native to Ecuador. It is perhaps the most common species of the genus in cultivation. Plants were distributed under the name Amalophyllon sp. USBRG 96-336 or Phinea sp. USBRG 96-336. This species require high humidity to grow well and most growers keep them under cover.

Amalophyllon divaricatum is native to Ecuador and Peru.

Amalophyllon ecuadoranum is native to Ecuador.

Amalophyllon macrophyllum is native to high elevation Colombia. It has very nice fuzzy bronze-green leaves. It can grow into an impressive specimen under the right conditions. The photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen of plants in cultivation.

Amalophyllon macrophyllum, Nhu NguyenAmalophyllon macrophyllum, Nhu Nguyen

Amalophyllon sp. RM2006 is native to Blue Hole National Park, Belize. The plant was first recorded by gesneriad enthusiast Ron Myhr. It currently circulates under that name in cultivation.

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