This is a new genus in the Amaryllidaceae containing only two species, with deep-throated, star-shaped open flowers. Considered critically endangered in its native Brazil, where it is endemic to woodlands in the state of Sao Paulo.
Dischidia species 'Geri'
Endemic to the Philippines, and due to its close resemblance to Dischidia oiantha, its identification is often confused and a bit of a mystery. Dischidia sp.‘Geri’ makes a great beginner species. It can tolerate temperatures into the 40’s F, wide ranges of light levels and can even withstand over-watering or drought for short periods of time. Furthermore, D. sp. ‘Geri’ even makes a great terrarium species! The foliage is a wonderful soft green color and coin shaped with new foliage often emerging a nice red. The flowers are creamy white and are born in small clusters of three to ten. They posses no noticeable fragrance but are pleasant nonetheless. Dischidia sp. ‘Geri’ is the “total package” for lovers of all things Dischidia.
A nice Amaryllis relative from the Western, semi-arid slopes of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru. Flowering before the foliage appears in spring and early summer, it enjoys abundant moisture during the growing season and a dry rest in winter while dormant. A very leafy species that has spoon shape leaves in abundance. A rapid multiplier by bulb divisions. Grow in partial sun or bright, filtered light.
A species from northeastern Peru with large white flowers, light green in the center and nicely fragrant. Foliage is glossy, deep green and petiolate. An easy species to grow, blooming often twice each year summer and winter.
Abelmoschus sagittifolius Red Flower
We received this plant a while back from Laos as an unknown caudiciform, that came with a photo of the bloom as seen on this page. We thought it resembled a Hibiscus and subsequently a helpful client solved the mystery for us. It is in fact a hibiscus relative, a vining species of Alelmoschus with large ‘classic’ Hibiscus flowers.
Information given to us quotes the source as Stewart Robert Hinsley from a Malvaceae List. He indicates that this species is a perennial found in forest and grassy slopes amongst other habitats from India to Southern China and even Northern Australia.
A radish-like tuber up to about two inches thick supports vine-like stems to about three feet long. Leaves are pubescent and deeply lobed. The large Hibiscus-like flowers can be white to yellow or red. We have learned that this species likes well draining, moist soils and bright, partially filtered light. It is indeed a strange and spectacular plant!