Monophyllaea species (RBGE)

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  • Photographer: Unknown photographer, courtesy Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Monophyllaea is an Asian species (Malaysia, etc.) with a single leaf, from from the base of which arise multiple flower stalks. While it is not closely related to Streptocarpus, convergent evolution has produced strikingly similar-looking plant habits. For instance, see this photo of a single-leaf Streptocarpus growing on a tree trunk (as is this Monophyllaea).