Gesnera cinnabarina


From Shirley Hibberd’s Beautiful Leaved Plants.

Another Smithiantha, published as Gesnera exoniensis illustrates the value placed upon these velvety-leaved plants by the Victorian horticulturalists.

A close look at the illustration will reveal that the artist has created the reddish effect by painting thousands of tiny red hairs on the image, best seen at the edges.