Chirita flavimaculata

Photo and text by John Boggan

This species from the province of Guangxi, China, is a large grower, reaching two feet in diameter, but the flowers are elegant in appearance and freely produced. The species name refers to the yellow spot on the top of the corolla. It was introduced through the Smithsonian Institution as SI 94-085.

A close-up of a flower cluster illustrates its the potentially floriferous nature.  Another of a single flower shows the interesting color and form of the flower.

C. flavimaculata has been successfully utilized in hybridizing, producing such popular hybrids as C. 'Chastity'.

 

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