Columnea purpureovittata is notable primarily for its dramatic foliage, which is 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, as above. The feature plant was exhibited in the 2021 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society.
This species is difficult to grow well, requiring quite high humidity.
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