These flowers are on a long pedicel, dangling down from the rosette-form plant. I find it interesting how similar the flowers are to some Saintpaulia species, aside from the orientation and umbel-like form. Shown at the 2002 AGGS Convention show.
In nature, this plant is capable of surviving considerable drought, and is sometimes referred to as a “resurrection plant”. It shrivels up and appears almost dead, but recovers fully in the presence of moisture. It’s species name, hygroscopica, refers to this capability.
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An illustration of “resurrection”.
The whole plant of the flower cluster above.
A colony of plants in the wild.
Comparison with Boea hemsleyana.
Blossoms and blossom cluster.