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Dactylanthus Taylorii is a parasitic plant

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Dactylanthus Taylorii is a fully parasitic plant. It is also known as wood rose or Hades flower.

Overview of Dactylanthus Taylorii

• It thrives and develops on the roots of other specific trees in New Zealand.
• The host tree forms a burl-like structure which is similar to a fluted wood rose. Hence the name.
• This is how the host tree responds to Dactylanthus.
• Plants can be male or female.
• This plant blooms between January and April.
• They are pollinated by Lesser Short-tailed Bat.
• This is a native New Zealand.
• The nectar of this plant has a musky fragrance.
• Fruits are approximately to about 2 mm in length.
• They are borne from February to May.
• The leaves are not green and roots are not there as it thrives on host plant using its stem.
• Certain plants of this kind are known to be aged above 30 years.

Scientific Classification for Dactylanthus Taylorii

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Core eudicots
• Order : Santalales
• Family : Balanophoraceae
• Genus : Dactylanthus
• Species : D. taylorii
• Binomial name : Dactylanthus taylorii

Growing/Caring conditions

• Break open a pod and then gather 3 large seeds.
• Nick the seed overcoat of every seed with a sharpened knife to ease germination.
• Create the cut cautiously so the blade merely penetrates the external hull and would not puncture the seed.
• Fill up a vacuum flask with water at eighty degrees Fahrenheit.
• Soak the seeds in the water for a day to enable germination.
• Create planting pots whilst the seeds stay in water.
• Enumerate 3 parts potting soil, one part perlite to a 3-inch pot leaving 1/4 inch of open space in the container.
• Moisten the potting mixture with a squirt of water as well as tamp the area with your hand to get rid of trapped air.
• Seep the enlarged seeds for ten minutes before sowing them.
• Plant each one of the wood rose seed one inch deep in every pot.
• Place the pots in a cozy spot with vibrant but indirect light and also a constant temperature of eighty degrees Fahrenheit.
• Check the potting mix every day and spray whenever it seems dry to the touch.
• The seeds germinate in 5 to 10 days.
• Shift the seedlings outside when air temperature in the daytime continues to be constant at 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and nighttime temperature continues to be constant between 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Always keep the pots in an area subjected to partial shade to acclimate them to outside thriving conditions.
• Spray the growing mixture so that it stays uniformly moist most of the time.
• Find a growing site with well-draining soil and also full sunlight exposure.
• Set up a support framework to help the wood rose in the course of its ascent.
• Excavate a hole as deep as the root ball of every seedling however twice as broad.
• Lower a seedling into a pothole and fill with soil.
• Space several holes two to three feet apart.
• Water the soil to a magnitude of three to four inches just after planting.
• Afterwards, give the soil one inch of water each and every week.

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