the flowers, then leaves.
Plant on San Cristobal,
Plant in Copenhagen Botanical
very old plant.
plant, 100 centimetres tall.
Flower in Copenhagen
Mark A. Hershkovitz, 1991
Cristóbal; Galapagos; Ecuador
Grit - Perlite
Medium - Maximum
||White - Pink
H. St. John, 1937
This very endangered
member of the Talinacaea family was given this name by Mark A. Hershkovitz in
It is found only on the Galapagos island of San Cristóbal, down south, living in
small areas on the slopes of a volcano. It grows in the well-drained
volcanic soil on a steep hill, receiving some water and some to lots of sun. The flowers are white
and the plant can be reproduced both by seeds and by cuttings. Best results
in culture have been in pure perlite in a heated bed, but it worked
fine for me in lava-gravel on Galapagos.
The genera name is derived
from the Senegalese name for a certain species in Senegal. The
species name as it is found on one of the islands of Galapagos.
Although a detailed
morphological study is still required, it has been suggested that
could consist of two or three distinct taxonomic groups: A white
morph (white flowers and green leaves), a pink morph (pink flowers
and violet leaves) and an intermediate morph (pinkish-white flowers,
greenish-violet leaves). The populations are found with quite some