Friday, July 30, 2010

Aeschynanthus x splendidus

Aeschynanthus x splendidus is an African violet relative from southeast Asia.  Well, its parents are.  Maybe this hybrid has never even seen its homeland.  It came about through crosses done at Kew Gardens in London back in the 1800s.

According to Wikipedia, Aeschynanthus comes from the words aishuno which means "to be ashamed," and anthos which means "flower." That red hot floozy flower ought to be ashamed?  It was Victorian times after all.

I can think of a few other plants I would've been more likely to name Aeschynanthus, but this Asian lipstick plant definitely lets you know it's in the room, doesn't it?

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