Paradrymonia hypocyrta (flower cluster)

Photo and text by Bob Stewart

Like most Paradrymonias, P. hypocyrta has lanceolate leaves growing from a short stem to form a "fountain" of leaves, grows easily, prefers moist shade, hates cold, and hides short-lived flowers (white in this case) down in the leaf axils.

Most other Paradrymonias have funnel or bell shaped flowers, but this species has pouched flowers like a Nematanthus (formerly hypocyrta), set in bright red calyces. It can be quite striking.

Photos of a whole plant, and a close-up of an individual flower, are also available here.

 

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