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Paliavana prasinata

Photo by John Boggan
Grown by John Boggan

Paliavana is a small genus of shrubby plants from Brazil.  It is separated from the closely related genus Sinningia by  the absence of tubers, and from Vanhouttea by the large green  or violet flowers.  They can be encouraged to bloom at a relatively smaller size by keeping them potbound.

Other members of this genus have similarily waxy flowers;  in the case of P. tenuiflora they are a beautiful lavender shade.

Another photo of the flowers can be seen here, and of the seed pods here.

 

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