This species is remarkable for the thick white wool on the back of new leaves and on the tips of new shoots, as well as for its “bullate” (bumpy or pebbly) leaves and its beautifully contrasting red flowers. It has begun to be widely used in hybridization, and has even been crossed with micro-miniature species.
It hails from southern Brazil, and was collected on the island of Florianopolis. Its typical habitat is rocky steep cliffs, where it will trail tubers on “stolons” down the slope.
The photo above is of a plant shown by Alan Lavergne in the Gesneriad Society Convention Show in 2015. Other photos which can be seen in a slideshow include the following. Click any of them to initiate the slideshow.