Friday, December 18, 2009

Question for the Hive Mind: NOID Gesneriad

You know that feeling you get when you spend all day on the 17th working on your blog post for the 21st, and then you realize at 10 PM that you don't have a post ready to go up on the 18th?

Oh. Yeah, me neither. Totally never happens.

But so yeah. Um. Look! It's a NOID gesneriad!


Pretty, right? This picture would probably have gone up several days sooner than this if I had been able to figure out what it was. I actually feel quite strongly that I know what this is, and that the answer is somewhere in one of the dustier corners of my brain, perhaps in a box labeled "surge suppressors & extension cords" instead of "gesneriad IDs." But the ideas I had didn't result in any matching Google image search results, so I'm stumped. I'm sure someone out there must know.

For the record, I don't have any ID at all on it; nobody told me it was a gesneriad. I am oddly positive that it is, but it wouldn't, like, ruin my entire day if it turned out not to be.


9 comments:

telipogon said...

Looks like Columnea to me. As for the cultivar, well, who knows?

Zeï said...

I agree, I would say this is a Columnea. I don't have any description matching this dark foliage in my books to provide any help with the cultivar name.

telipogon said...

Alladins lamp is the only one i know of.

telipogon said...

Sorry, spelt that wrong, its meant to be aladdin's lamp.

Mitch said...

Columnea Firebird maybe. I've sold a few that look like that one but their flowers weren't as upright (more droopy)...

mr_subjunctive said...

Hmm. Columnea is . . . not what I was expecting people to say. But a Google image search confirms. I'm thinking C. 'Early Bird' is a likely candidate.

I was under the impression previously that Columnea flowers were tubular along their whole length, more like Aeschynanthus. Obviously not true, but just to explain my confusion.

Thanks, everybody!

our friend Ben said...

Can't comment on the Columnea, though it looks like you have a positive ID, whew! But oh, yes, I certainly know about those blogging trials. I managed to hit "publish" instead of "save" on one just this afternoon, so now I have two posted today and none for tomorrow. Ack!!!!

Cheryl said...

For all your gesneriad needs, this is the website: http://gesneriads.ca/

There are tons of pictures of various species of gesneriads. It's quite a nifty resource!

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Glad to see you've got an id on this. I was leaning towards columnea too, but didn't know about cultivars/varieties etc. Have never seen this before and now, of course, I wants it, my precious, I wants it!