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Search and Rescue strikes again


By hmhb


Help! I saw it, I rescued it, it’s mine. WHAT IS IT?

Chalk one up for me, I remembered to take the “before” pictures. It’s very dry and wilted, with the exception of the one piece nearest the base that looks very promising!

The leaves are soft and velvety, and it looks like it bloomed its’ little heart out. The dead blooms are very deep purple, so perhaps the flowers were purple or blue?

I’m off to the greenhouse now to find just the right pot, give it a bath and a new home. Show me your stuff, and “name that plant.”

Thanks in advance for the benefit of your expertise.

P.S. Put the perfect “one piece” in new soil; instead of a bundle of roots, it has a rhizome or a bulb of some sort. Put one of the stronger little leaves beside it to see if it will root (like an African Violet); also, put the stem with the wilty leaves (minus dead flowers) in a bowl of water. Who knows?

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I don't know what it's called but I do know you came to the right place to find out!
Well done you on rescuing it. ;~))

13 Nov, 2009


Thanks Ian. Got some more info to add!

13 Nov, 2009


Would it be a Gloxinia , - maybe ? They have velvety leaves and grow from a tuber, and they can have purple flowers in clusters. It's a possibility I suppose.
I'm glad you rescued it anyway. Perhaps if you can get it to grow a bit someone will identify it for you.

13 Nov, 2009


Could be a gloxinia...or one of the gesneriads....

13 Nov, 2009


That was my first reaction, Hywel, from the leaves. Well done, Hmhb! I do hope it roots for you!

13 Nov, 2009


I was thinking Kohleria but having a look at the larger leaves perhaps Gloxinia would be a better guess. Good luck with it Hmnb. Post pics when it starts to flower. :o)

14 Nov, 2009


Sorry I have no idea but I do like your pot with the fairy on it

14 Nov, 2009


I told you, you were in the right place to find out! :~))

14 Nov, 2009


You are absolutely correct Ian! Thanks everybody. I think it might be a Gloxinia - and I'll keep you posted on its critical care. Thanks Donnah, I keep my eye out for the whimsical. %>

14 Nov, 2009

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