Nematanthus hirtellus

Photo by Bob Stewart

Easy to grow. This species sends a single stem straight up, and keeps leaves only on the upper end. This might be an adaptation to growing in tall grass? It makes it a poor horticultural subject though. The plant is colorful, with yellow flowers, purple calyx, green leaves on red petioles. Bill Saylor tried for years to use this species to breed a good yellow nematanthus hybrid.

A close-up photo illustrates the hairy nature of the flower. Another photo shows a clone with redder petioles.



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