Columnea orientandina

Photo by Ron Myhr
Grown by Olive Ma Robinson

This was a spectacularly beautiful and extremely well-grown plant, shown at the 2002 AGGS Convention show.  The combination of small bright yellow flowers, enormous pinkish lavender berries and glossy red-tipped leaves was the highlight, for me, of this excellent show.  Closeups of berries can be seen here and here, and another show plant from the same grower hereAnother plant, in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, nicely illustrates the unusual flowering habit of this species.  An alternate photo from the Smithsonian also nicely illustrates the bright red leaf-tips of the species.   

Unlike many of the more commonly-grown species in this genus, C. orientandina has a distinctly spreading and relatively upright habit.  The robust stems are woody and stiff.

Also known as Pentadenia orientandina.

 

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