Pearcea hypocyrtiflora

Photo by Jeanne Katzenstein

P. hypocyrtiflora is a diminutive plant, which grows and is normally reproduced from rhizomatous root structures. It has very attractively marked (and sparkly) foliage, that is usually seen in this reddish brown and green version.

I have grown plants of P. hypocyrtiflora from seed obtained by selfing my own plant, and the seedlings were either the standard darkish-leaved sort, or a plain green-leaved type (with lighter veins). Dr. Hans Wiehler of the Gesneriad Research Foundation has confirmed that in nature both leaf forms are found, usually growing together in substantial colonies in tropical rain forests.

The bright flowers of P. hypocyrtiflora are unusually pouched, almost round, with the lobes opening only under optimum conditions. They are probably hummingbird pollinated.

 

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