B. hemsleyana has an interesting flower form, with the top two corolla lobes forming a kind of hood or bonnet, and the lower lobes a kind of platform. This serves to display the plant well, and provides a good landing spot for pollinating insects. There is some variation in the color and markings on the flowers.
Additional photos may be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the links below:
- A prize-winning show plant exhibited at the 2016 convention of the Gesneriad Society
- A close-up of the flowers on a different prize-winning show plant, exhibited at the 2009 convention of the Gesneriad Society
- Another flower close-up
- Comparison with Boea hygroscopica
- Another plant and a blossom closeup