Nautilocalyx glandulifer

Photo by Peter Yaremko
courtesy of Betty Tapping

N. glandulifer is a native of Ecuador, and was introduced to cultivation by Dr. Hans Wiehler of the Gesneriad Research Foundation in 1971. It is a plant well suited to indoor light garden culture, with an upright, basal-branching habit that will not usually exceed 8". It can be accomodated successfully in a 3" pot, although this specimen is growing under more spacious conditions.

The coppery-purple leaves are this plant's chief attraction. It does not readily bloom under home garden conditions, but makes a striking foliage plant.  A photo of another plant can be seen here and of a flower here.

 

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