Achimenes erecta

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  • Previous Name: Cyrilla pulchella
  • Photographer: Ron Myhr
  • Grown by: Ron Myhr

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The brilliant red flowers of this species have long attracted collectors and horticulturists. In fact, as Cyrilla pulchella it was the very first Gesneriad to be published as a colored engraving.

Note that the photographed color of these flowers can vary; the color above is generally accurate for most cultivars of the species, although it is somewhat more saturated than in real life. Other photos may exhibit more of a purplish tone, but this is likely a function of the film or digital sensitivities of a camera.

The clone shown above was collected as a rhizome from a plant growing in the middle of a grassy riverside path in western Belize. Other photos can be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the links below: