Calathea leitzei ‘Fusion White’
Calathea 'White Fusion'
An incredibly rare cultivar, Calathea leitzei ‘Fusion White’ is characterised by its lance-shaped leaves with stunning, marbled variegation of deep green, light green and white hues that flow into each other, contrasting with the pale pink undersides of the leaves.
This particular cultivar has only been available since 2012 and is particularly hard to find.
The original species Calathea leitzei is native to Brazil, but the rare ‘Fusion White’ cultivar was developed in a nursery in Malaysia in 2007, and only introduced to cultivation in 2012. Because of this, it’s incredibly rarely offered and not easily available.
It is also known as Goeppertia leitzei var. ‘Fusion White’.
Why Prayer Plants 'Pray'
As a member of the Prayer Plant family, the leaves of this Calathea will characteristically ‘pray’, folding up at night before re-opening again as the morning light levels rise.
At the base of each leaf is a joint-like thickening called the pulvinus, which swells and shrinks in response to pressure developed in the leaves.
This movement of the leaves is a process known as nyctinasty, which serves a number of purposes. It allows the plant to absorb as much light as possible in its low light rainforest environment, helps to absorb and retain water, and reduces the risk of fungi and bacteria forming on their leaves.
Choosing a good spot for this Calathea is essential – too much light and its distinctive leave colour will fade and the leaves will curl, too little light and the variegation will not develop on new growth. Wipe the leaves regularly to prevent a build up of dust.
Avoid south facing spots with too much intense direct sunlight, unless you diffuse the light with a sheer curtain.
Like other Calatheas this plant enjoys high humidity, but overly wet soil can quickly lead to root rot.