Corytholoma defoliatum, Gustaf Oskar Andersson Malme,
Rechsteineria defoliata, Hoehne, 1958
This member of the
Gesneriaceae family was given this name by Alain
Chautems in 1990. It is found in Brazil, growing in a rich
but well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can
grow to seven or even ten centimetres in diameter, and the bright red flowers
appears straight from it. The giant leaves, up to 30 centimetres
long, sits on a very short stem.
The genera is named after Wilhelm
Sinning,1792–1874, a gardener of the Botanische Gärten der
Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. The species name refer to the
lack of leaves.