Gloxinella lindeniana has a tortured taxonomic history, having been assigned to both Kohleria and Gloxinia until recent DNA/molecular analyses showed that it is not closely related to either of those genera. It has been assigned to its own genus, with no close relatives, although it has some affinity for Monopyle. It is an attractive plant, with nicely variegated leaves and beautiful lavender flowers that some people find to be scented.
Like other rhizomatous gesneriads, G. lindeniana will go dormant after a period of growth, and resprout from the underground rhizomes. It can be easily propagated by potting up pieces of the rhizomes in separate pots.
Other photos of the species can be seen by clicking one of the links below:
- A spectacular planting at RHS Wisley
- A plant with upward-facing open seed pods, called “splash cups”