Authors: Clarke, G. P.
Publication: Curtis's Botanical Magazine
Year: 1998
Genera: Saintpaulia

Saintpaulia (Gesneriaceae) is confined in the wild to small patches of forest in East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya), with most of the species occurring in submontane or montane forest. However, a few species are known from lowland forests and this paper outlines the distribution and ecology of some of the species recorded from lowland sites. Additional sites for S. confusa B.L. Burtt, S. diplotricha B.L. Burtt, S. grotei Engl., S. ionantha H. Wendl, S. tongwensis B.L. Burtt and two, possibly new, species, have been located during recent field studies. One of the critically endangered species, S. tongwensis has featured previously in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine (N.S. t. 11) and its illustration and description are repeated here.