Boea hygroscopica

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  • Photographer: Ron Myhr
  • Grown by: Maryjane Evans

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These flowers are on a long pedicel, dangling down from the rosette-form plant. I find it interesting how similar the flowers are to some Saintpaulia species, aside from the orientation and umbel-like form.  Shown at the 2002 AGGS Convention show.

In nature, this plant is capable of surviving considerable drought, and is sometimes referred to as a “resurrection plant”. It shrivels up and appears almost dead, but recovers fully in the presence of moisture. It’s species name, hygroscopica, refers to this capability.

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An illustration of “resurrection”.

The whole plant of the flower cluster above.

A different plant.

A colony of plants in the wild.