Also known as Trichantha purpureovittata.
Columnea purpureovittata is notable primarily for its dramatic foliage, which is very dark and extremely bullate — which is to say that it has a bubbly and bumpy texture quite unlike most other members of the Columnea alliance. A well-grown basket is a striking sight, especially when the yellow and maroon striped flowers are present in any quantity. A photo of a whole plant (without flowers) illustrates the attractive qualities of this species. The berries of this species are also attractive.