Primulina spadiciformis

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  • Previous Name: Chirita spadiciformis
  • Photographer: Leslie Brothers, copyright Smithsonian Institution
  • Grown by: Smithsonian Institution greenhouses, USBRG 1994-08

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This species comes from the province of Guangxi, China, and in its growth habit closely resembles Saintpaulia. The name comes from the spade-shaped bracts that enclose the developing buds, but the leaves are also spade-shaped. The flowers are produced only two or three at a time, but are large in relation to the plant and are produced over a long period.

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A whole plant illustrating the spade-like bracts.

Another whole plant, also at the Smithsonian.

A close-up of the flower.