Columnea purpureovittata

Photo by Peter Yaremko
courtesy Betty Tapping

Also known as Trichantha purpureovittata.

C. purpureovittata is notable primarily for its dramatic foliage, which is very dark and extremely bullate -- which is to say that it has a bubbly and bumpy texture quite unlike most other members of the Columnea alliance. A well-grown basket is a striking sight, especially when the yellow and maroon striped flowers are present in any quantity. A photo of a whole plant (without flowers) illustrates the attractive qualities of this species.  The berries of this specie are also attractive.

 

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