Miracle Leaf, Leaf of life, plant
Miracle Leaf, Leaf of Life
Bryophyllum pinnatum commonly known as Miracle Leaf, air plant, cathedral bells, life plant and Goethe plant native to Madagascar which is a popular houseplant and has become naturalized in tropical and subtropical areas. It belongs to the Crassulaceae family. The plant parts are thick and fleshy which tends to preserve water in dry climates or soil conditions.
The leaf of life has become very popular for all its health benefits.
Easy to grow as a house plant, definitely an eye-catching plant.
Life plant is a tall, erect, succulent perennial herb about 1m- 2m in height. It is an herb that appears commonly throughout India, but also is found in other parts of the world, such as Pakistan, Nepal, Brazil and the United States. Various medicinal uses are associated with the leaf of life. Plant grows well in tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperate climatic zone and does well in ordinary soil, enriched soil and mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soil. The plant has hollow stem, red or green in color, thick, flexible and short, glabrous and succulent.
The leaves are 5-25 cm long and 2-12cm broad. Lower parts have simple leaves and upper parts have complex joint leaves, having 6-7 leaves in opposite pattern. The stalks (petioles) are 2-10 cm long. These leaves have an oval or narrowly oval shape and rounded tips (obtuse apices). The terminal leaflet is significantly larger than the others. From the scalloped margins of the leaves, new plants form often on becoming detached from the plant.
Flowers bloom at the top of its stems in branched clusters. The color of the flowers is greenish-yellow to pinkish-red. The pendulous, tubular flowers are 7 cm long and form cymose panicle. They remain arranged in terminal inflorescence in branched clusters. The stalks (pedicle) are 10-25 mm long. They are partially fused into a calyx tube that supports the four lobes of the petal (corolla). Flowering occurs in winter and spring.
Bryophyllum pinnatum is a native to Madagascar. It also grows in southern Africa. It grows in other parts of the world such as Macaronesia, New Zealand, parts of Asia, Nepal, Thailand, Pakistan, Egypt, Brazil, Polynesia, Galapagos Islands, West Indies, Australia, Hawaii, Melanesia, and Mascarenes. In India, it grows in the Khasi Hills of Assam, Kashmir, and the Himalayan region. Cultivation of the plant occurs in Karnataka, Andhra, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Due to its wonderful health benefits it is grown throughout