Monophyllaea species

Unknown photographer
Courtesy of Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Monophyllaea is an Asian species (Malaysia, etc.) with a single leaf, from from the base of which arise multiple flower stalks.  While it is not closely related to Streptocarpus, convergent evolution has produced strikingly similar-looking plant habits.  For instance, see this photo of a single-leaf Streptocarpus growing on a tree trunk (as is this Monophyllaea).  Other photos of Monophyllaea in flower can be seen here and here.



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