Gloxinella lindeniana

Photo by Alain Chautems
Grown at Geneva Botanical Gardens

This photo nicely illustrates the unusual seed pods of this species.  The capsule splits in a horizontal fashion, with the opening facing up.  As raindrops hit the open pod, water mixed with seeds is splashed about, helping to ensure appropriate initial germination conditions for the seeds.

Note that this species was formerly known as Gloxinia lindeniana.  A recent (2005) revision to the genus (2005) much reduced the number of species within Gloxinia proper. 

 

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