by Ron Myhr
Grown by Ron Myhr
C. 'Keiko' is a hybrid of Chirita subrhomboidea and C. fimbrisepala, made by Toshijiro Okuto of Japan. It is a small-growing Chirita, readily manageable under similar lighting conditions to African Violets, although it prefers cooler temperatures and probably tolerates more light.
A side profile of the flower can be seen by clicking here.
When the flowers of C. 'Keiko' first open, they point straight down. After a couple of days, they straighten out to a more conventional horizontal position, where the decorative throat lines and yellow and orange markings can be better seen.
The same cultivar, grown under different conditions, appears to be a lighter color.