This stunning plant is native to tropical and subtropical areas of Paraguay and south eastern Brazil. 'Thaumatophyilum' means "Wonder leaf" and 'Bipinnatifidum' translates as "Double feathery split leaves."
It is a self-heading plant which spreads very wide - 5ft and beyond - with leaves growing between 2 and 3ft. As this plant matures it will develop a trunk but this is often hidden by the wavy-margined, deeply dissected leaves. The leaves of T.bipinnatifidum are dark green and glossy on top and a lighter green underneath.
Pot: 14cm diameter.
Height: Approximately 55cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Preferred temperature of 21°C and above, certainly no lower than 15°C.
Light: Bright indirect light is best. Direct sun would scorch the leaves.
Water: T.bipinnatifidum like moist soil, reduce watering in winter. Air humidity: Enjoys higher humidity - this can be achieved with misting, grouping plants together, using a humidifier or adding clean pebbles to a shallow water-filled tray and place the plant on top, as the water evaporates it will boost the humidity around the plant.
Fertilising: Feed monthly during the growing season - use half the recommended dosage of fertiliser.
Potting mix: A well draining mix with orchid bark and perlite.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.