Alsobia baroniae

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  • Previous Name: Alsobia sp. RM2010
  • Photographer: Ron Myhr
  • Grown by: Ron Myhr

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Alsobia sp. RM2010 was acquired by Ron Myhr in Belize in February of 2010, from two different sources.  A. sp. 2010-1 came from naturalist and ecologist Jan Meerman, a Dutch national who has lived for many years in Belize, and A. sp. 2010-2 came from the Belize Botanical Garden. An employee of the BBG had been collecting with Mr. Meerman, and they brought back material from two different sites on the coastal plain not far from Belize City. The plants grow on limestone outcroppings emerging from the coastal plain, and seasonally can be completely deciduous.

The plant above, exhibited at the 2016 convention of the Gesneriad Society, has been systematically pruned and groomed for show; left to its own device, this species grows large and sprawling, with vigorous stolons.  The BBG collection is a bit more stoloniferously vigorous than that from Mr. Meerman.

In 2018, this species was published as A. baroniae.

A slideshow illustrating the difference between flowers of the two collections can be initiated by clicking one of the links below.

Flower of RM-2010-1

Flower of RM-2010-2