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Columnea erythrophaea

Photo by Ron Myhr
Grown by Mel Tintpulver

Columnea erythrophaea is one of the best and easiest of the species to grow indoors.  It has very large burnt orange flowers and a branching/spreading habit, which seldom trails much below the bottom of the pot.  As a result it can be managed under artificial light, although it is spectacular as a basket plant in a bright window.  The flowers are held on longish pedicels below the woody stems, and display very well when the basket is positioned fairly high in the window.  Another photo of the flowers can be seen here, and a large basket plant here.  A different collection of the species is here.

 

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