Friday, December 30, 2011
This picture shows that same line running along the top surface, even over that lump (which is the mid vein section). The pigment in the Episcia leaf seems to run along ONLY THE TOP SURFACE!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I have been so busy with December things that I haven't been paying much attention to it, I've not re-potted it or done much but fertilize when watering all the other plants. It has sent out this nice bloom though, which makes it look pretty festive. Some of the leaves have damage from bringing it home in a "none-to-gentle" manner.
"still very much alive and growing"!
Thanks so much for sending a shot of the plant.
If anyone else is taking out the camera, email me a photo of how it's going and I'll get it put up on the blog! Anyone's gone and died on them yet??
Streptocarpus seeds are small. Even in the first picture they are pretty small compared to the paper clip.
Gesneriad seeds in general are all typically very small and almost dust-like, making them hard to handle when planting.
To plant a gesneriad seed you typically sprinkle them onto the surface of your moist (but not soggy) medium and cover them to maintain humidity. The newly emerging seedling is quite fragile and cannot stand to dry out.
It's not a large seed, but by comparison you can't even fit all of it on to the screen at the same magnification. Note it's cool "end cap".
Sunday, December 25, 2011
If you look at the rim of the flower the dark dots aren't flat and simply pigment, they are
Here's another look at the pollen sacs.
This is a different older flower that was cut open. A surprise was inside. There is all sorts of gray mold of some sort growing there in strands.
The raised structures similar to the first couple of photos are now withering and declining like the rest of this older flower.
Gesneriad flowers frequently are quite fuzzy and hairy. More photos of that to come!
Monday, December 19, 2011
Achimenes 'Golden Jubilee', Alsobia sp 'Chiapias', Kohleria and a Rhipsalis eliptica For Good Measure!
rhi·zome (r z m ). n. A horizontal, usually underground stem that often sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.
You will note that the flowers are wonderfully fuzzy!
Gesneriad Reference Web (which is a phenomenal reference tool) says:
Plants in the genus Alsobia are considered by some botanists to belong to the genus Episcia, and this is the preference of the Smithsonian. I have placed it in Alsobia for consistency with the rest of the site, and because this has become the typical practice.
This particularly newly introduced species has not yet been assigned a specific name, but is similar to Alsobia punctata. Some have referred to it as Alsobia sp. 'Chiapas', after the location where it was found, but it is best referred to by its accession number, USBRG 1994-005.
The fimbriate lip on this species is also characteristic of some other species, like Paradrymonia ciliosa, while the frilly edges to all lobes is found in Alsobia dianthiflora.
Questions and comments????
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I'm getting these petite holes in a variety of my plants. I check for insects but don't find any. I see that the holes appear suddenly out of nowhere and seem to be on a variety of genera. If it's not an insect problem, I'm afraid to inquire if it could be a more virulent pest.
Just sign me,
Pestered in MN
I see from the additional photos you sent that you are getting large, black fungal fruiting bodies on your plant shelves.
I can see from this first photo that it's predominantly on the third shelf and it seems to be growing.
You will start seeing even more "petite holes", almost as if something is "tasting" the leaves. The damage will look a lot like Shothole Fungus with the damage going through the leaf leaving small holes approximately 1/8" to 1/4" appart.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Jude N. sent this photo for posting on the blog of one of her streps hybridized by Dale Martens. It's one of Dale's smaller growing Streptocarpus. Dale, along with others, has been working on hybridizing Streps so that they are smaller and more compact growing. Along with the trait for size, she also tries to get plants that have a high blossom count as well. The 'Heartland's White Gold' is a very pretty plant that has very clear white flowers with a bright yellow center. Jude's plant shows how nicely the dark leaves contrast with the flowers!
Thanks to Jude for sending in the photo!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
battiscombei. It's like the "Blue Sky Flower" Thumbergia (which, btw, they have in the Como's new tropical display) but this one refuses to be killed by neglect, no water, plant-torture and chilly conditions. With some good culture it would really be a cool specimen.
It's a Streptocarpus 'Versace'
If you send me an email (club members) I can post whatever you have blooming, or growing, or even perishing... you don't need to know how to use the blog if you don't want to fuss with it, just shoot me an email with a photo attachment.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Is it a chimera???
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