Aeschynanthus evrardii

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Aeschynanthus evrardii is a very large-growing plant, with spectacular clusters of brilliant orange and yellow flowers emerging from the stem tips. The general habit is upright and spreading, and the stems are very stiff and strong. Leaves are heavily succulent and leathery. Bloom clusters may emerge repeatedly from the same spur-like growth, in a manner not unlike some Hoyas.

The plant depicted here won a best in class award at the 1994 convention of the American Gloxinia and Gesneriad Society, in Toronto. It had been grown indoors in a large east-facing picture window up to the time of the show, because it is difficult to maintain show-level grooming on a plant grown outdoors. However, A. evrardii does best outdoors in full or partial sun from late spring to early fall. It will tolerate quite cool spring and fall temperatures, although this is problematic in the spring if the plant is accustomed to warm indoor conditions.

A close-up photo of the flower is available here.

Aeschynanthus produce seeds attached to long, silky threads which aid in distribution of the seeds by allowing the seeds to float on air currents to sites quite removed from the original plant. The way in which the seed is attached to the thread is useful in classifying plants.

This photograph won a “Best in Show” award at an AGGS Convention Show. Although screen resolution does not allow one to see this clearly, individual seeds are visible at the center of each thread in an 8 x 10 print.

A. ‘Hot Flash’ is a hybrid of A. evrardii and A. hildebrandii.