Saintpaulia goetzeana

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  • Photographer: John Evans
  • Grown by: Mary Jane Evans

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S. goetzeana is seldom seen and seldom flowered. It requires cool temperatures to thrive. Its unusual and beautiful two-toned flowers are carried on a plant that, in nature, is a “creeping herb on mossy rock surfaces in deep shade in upland rainforests” (see Jeff Smith’s article on Saintpaulia, on this site). These are not conditions easily reproduced in cultivation. A close-up of the flower may be seen by clicking here.

Note that in the photo above the blackish portions of leaves are a function of photo processing. The fuzzy leaves are normally a mid-green.