Photo by Ron Myhr
Grown by Paul Kroll
This fine specimen of S. leucotricha was shown at the 1997 national show of the AVSC, where it won "Best Other Gesneriad" (other than Saintpaulia, that is). The silvery plush on the leaves make it somewhat difficult to photograph -- the photo shot against a black background had the leaves looking like polished chrome.
S. leucotricha has until recently been known as S. canescens, which is properly a similar although distinctly separate species. S. leucotricha flowers on the silvery new foliage produced when the tuber first breaks dormancy. Younger plants, in their first year or two of flowering, do not produce as much of a flush of bloom as the specimen above. After flowering the leaves grow to quite a large size and lose their silvery lustre. However, the mature plant can make an attractive specimen, and can be grown with the tuber exposed. Under these conditions, it can make an attractive bonsai-like specimen. A flower closeup can be seen here, and other plants here and here.
Another show plant illustrates some variability in flower color and general form.