The Unknown Life of Plants

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As part of our attempt to create awareness about the benefits of plants, greenery in general and how important is to understand that nature and human society are not separate things, we will present you every two weeks a plant species from our diverse plant palette, successfully used on our GVG (Greenology Vertical Greenery) panels.

Let nature be a part of our identity and transform Urban Spaces into living, thriving habitats and sustainable ecosystems!

 

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 Anthurium-900x500-24fps-Icon-LogoAnthurium genus

Anthurium is an evergreen tropical plant. Under the Anthurium genus there are over 800 species. The heart-shaped flower of Anthuriums is really a spathe or a waxy, modified leaf flaring out from the base of a fleshy spadix where the tiny real flowers grow. In the NASA Clean Air Study, Anthurium andreanum can remove from your household harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, ammonia.  

 
 
 
 

Philodendron2-23fps--60%speed-900x500-small-cut2-Icon-LogoBegonia genus

Have you ever wondered why is begonia variegated? Foliar variegation is recognized as arising from two major mechanisms: leaf structure and pigment related variegation. Variegation in Begonias can be of these two types. Of structural nature, light areas in leaves are created by internal reflection between air spaces and cells. Pink, red or purple colour in leaves is caused by the presence of pigments called anthocyanins. These pigments can mask the chlorophyll and other pigments present in the leaf. Nonetheless, the plant undergoes the ususal photosynthesis process.  

 
 
 

Philodendron2-23fps--60%speed-900x500-small-cut2-Icon-LogoPhilodendron genus

The Philodendron Scandens is a beauty to behold for its simplicity and matte leafy appearance, and is also known as the heart-shaped Philodendron. Often mistaken for the Epipremnum aureum (or money plant) due to their similar appearance and climbing growth pattern, the Philodendron Scandens have a more elongated drip tip that allows rain water to flow smoothly off its leaves, an adaptation common to rain-forest species.  

 
 
 
 
 

Philodendron2-23fps--60%speed-900x500-small-cut2-Icon-LogoMonstera genus

As visitors stroll along our nursery, a certain plant species would often turn heads and make them go, ‘Oh no, insects have eaten through the leaves of this plant!’. But do not be mistaken. Naturally formed and part of healthy development, the holes in the leaves of the Monstera obliqua prevent the plant from being ripped by strong winds in the upper canopies. They also let rain pass through more quickly while allowing more light to reach foliage below. Relatively easy to maintain with partial sunlight, the Monstera obliqua is a popular choice that lends our greenwalls an exotic touch.      

 
 
 

Philodendron2-23fps--60%speed-900x500-small-cut2-Icon-LogoAdiantum genus

Characterised by its black-stemmed fronds and fan-like plantlets, the Adiantum peruvianum is a plant that stands out from the crowd when put on a greenwall. In our designs, we try to inject character into a greenwall by considering the growth pattern of each plant species—and with its delicate cascading foliage, the A. peruvianum reacts easily to the winds to bring any greenwall alive. The genus name is derived from the Greek word adiantos which means unwetted, in reference to the water-repelling properties of the fern’s fan-like foliage. In the wild, the A. peruvianum is native to some parts of South America so like most ferns of tropical origin, it grows most splendidly under cool, shady surroundings with evenly-moist media.

 
 

Philodendron2-23fps--60%speed-900x500-small-cut2-Icon-LogoPitcher Plant

Most of us have heard about the pitcher plant. In the wild, this carnivorous species can be found growing in nitrogen-poor soil and semi-shaded environments. It is most identifiable by its modified leaves called the pitfall trap. So how does the pitfall trap work? The trap releases sweet nectar within its cavity, which attracts small animals such as insects to crawl in. The cavity is smooth and slippery, and lined with fine hairs that point downwards, making it tricky for most insects to escape. Consequently, the insects are digested to provide extra nitrogen and other nutrients. On the top of the pitcher plant there is a little leaf call the operculum, this leaf acts like an umbrella to prevent the water from entering the trap during heavy rain. Without the operculum, the excess rainwater will kill the plant.

 

Philodendron2-23fps--60%speed-900x500-small-cut2-Icon-LogoCrypthanthus

The Cryptanthus is a splendid bromeliad with leaves that grow spirally downwards in a rosette shape, and is covered by beautiful stripes ranging from crimson to maroon and whitish to olive-green. Although they are quite small and discreet, the Cryptanthus does have flowers in its centre. “Crypt” means “hidden” and “Anthos” means “flower”, hence the name Cryptanthus or “hidden flower”.
This particular variety spotting vibrant streaks of pink is more commonly known as the ‘pink starlite’. The Cryptanthus requires minimum care and can withstand any light intensity. The coloured foliage will appear vibrant under bright sunlight, although extreme exposure will tend to cause bleaching. Since it’s a hassle-free plant, it’s easy to maintain and adds fiery pops of colour to your Greenwall!

 
 

The choice and combination of plant species matter to the sustainability of your greenwall. Greenology will recommend plant species that are suitable to site conditions while considering your preferences for the aesthetics of a greenwall. We have tested more than 500 species on our substrate-panel system which was designed and engineered to support plant health and growth. Speak to us to find out if we carry a certain plant species, or if you have questions about the Greenology Vertical Greenery (GVG) system!