Gesneriads

Kohleria

Kohleria spicata

Kohleria spicata? El Salado 02-08-2009

Kohleria spicata? El Salado 02-08-2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo was taken at the El Salado Ecological Park above Envigado (at about 1800 meters). Envigado is a suburb of Medellin. The plant appears to be native and grows in disturbed areas adjacent to secondary forest habitat. Individuals I saw were between .5 meter and about a meter high.

The photo has a question mark as it was pending positive identification. That has now been done.

 

Kohleria unidentified Piedras Blancas

Kohleria unidentified Piedras Blancas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Kohleria was found growing in a neighbor’s garden at Piedras Blancas (about 2400 meters). The woman who grows it says she collected it from the wild. I have not seen it growing outside of gardens yet. It also is grown by another neighbor who uses the flowers heated with honey and lemon for sore throats.

This plant also was seen at the El Salado Ecological Park (about 1800 meters). At El Salado it appears to be planted.

 

Literature

A Review of the Neotropical Genera Amalophyllon, Niphaea, and Phinaea (Gesneriaceae – Gloxinieae)

http://si-pddr.si.edu/dspace/handle/10088/7556

A Review of the Neotropical Genera Amalophyllon, Niphaea, and Phinaea (Gesneriaceae – Gloxinieae)
Authors:  Boggan, John K.
Skog, Laurence E.
Roalson, Eric H.
Issue Date:  2008
Citation:  Selbyana, 29(2): 157-176
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