Chrysothemis pulchella ‘Copper Leaf’

There are several names in use for dark-leaved cultivars of Chrysothemis pulchella. These include C. pulchella Bronze Leaf and C. pulchella Copper Leaf, which appear to be used interchangeably. The specimen above was exhibited as Bronze, but we are

Drymonia ecuadorensis

Exhibited at the 2022 convention of the Gesneriad Society. This form of the species has variegated leaves, although not all forms do so. Drymonia ecuadorensis only grows in Ecuador and is at risk of extinction due to deforestation. Additional photos can be seen in

Episcia ‘Unpredictable Valley’

E. ‘Unpredictable Valley’ is unpredictable in its leaf coloration. It is reported that every plant exhibits a different combination of white, green and pink, as is apparent from the plants shown below. The feature plant above was exhibited at the 2023 convention of the

Pearcea aff. sprucei (Ecuador)

This species was introduced some years ago as an unidentified Pearcea collected in Ecuador. It has been exhibited under several names, including Pearcea sp. Ecuador, and Pearcea aff. sprucei. On the advice of John L. Clark, research

Pearcea hypocyrtiflora

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

Petrocosmea chrysotricha

This species has long been grown as Petrocosmea begoniifolia, but a recent paper has shown that the plant in cultivation is in fact Petrocosmea chrysotricha. The specimen above was shown at the 2009 GS Convention. Additional photos can

Primulina ‘Loki’

This lovely hybrid by Peter Shalit is characterized by a distinctive silver leaf pattern, as well as by the purplish/red hairs that are often visible in the center of the crown. The flowers are produced on long stalks which tend to droop a bit. The specimen

Primulina ‘Minnie Pearl’

This is a new hybrid, registered in 2021. It’s parentage is P. ophiopogoides x P. linearifolia, and it appears to have features of both parents. The feature photo above was exhibited at the 2023 convention show of the Gesneriad Society by Barbara Borleske,

Primulina sinovietnamica

Exhibited at the 2023 convention show of the Gesneriad Society. The appearance of this wonderful newish species varies somewhat according to culture, and perhaps to the particular clone. Some specimens seem to have darker leaves and more pronounced markings, while still being clearly the same species.

Primulina tabacum

P. tabacum is modest plant with small but attractive flowers, often exhibiting a purplish blue and white pinwheel effect.  In most of the material in cultivation the foliage gives off the distinct odor of cured tobacco when crushed or rubbed, although not all clones

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