Sunday, December 5, 2010

Chautemsia calcicola, Sinningia 'Gabriel's Horn' and other cool stuff.

This is Siningia 'Gabriel's Horn'. Now this is a cool Sinningia. The calyx is modified so that it appears to have a double set of petals. As you can see the color is quite spectacular.

This is the Chautemsia calcicola. It was mentioned in the last post but here is another look at this extremely cute gesneriad that seems to do very will in a high humidity environment (think under a dome) but blooms quickly from a small seedling. Rumor has it that it also produces rhizomes??

This is a shot of the flower with a dime for comparison. You'll notice that the flowers are very small but showy!

The 'tiny twins....' Here is Sinningia 'White Sprite' and it's pal, Sinningia 'Moon Ray'. Both are very tiny plants with very tiny blooms. Look how small the flowers are in comparison to the plant label in the photo. This is the adult, full size plant..... even if you live in a closet, you probably have room for a few of these Sinningias.

How about this Nematanthus corticola? The blooms hang down off of long red structures that will make the flowers look like they were hung off a holiday tree. They are almost ready to show the flower which you can see in the photo still tightly compressed in the center of the calyxes.
This is Sinningia 'Piglet'. It is just about to open, probably within the day. It's a sweet light pink color, which is probably why it is named as it is. The interesting thing about this plant, at least for me, is that it went from sprouted (microscopic) tuber to blooming plant in two months. Who knew that Sinningias were so quick and easy to grow???
I just like this flower. It's a Columnea linearis. The long narrow leaves give it a distinctive look from many of the other Columneas and the pink color of the flower is a bit different also.

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