Re: OT: id this non-aroid plant?
A wonderful plant, this is Drymonia turrialvae, a typically
streamside-growing member of the Gesneriad family. Often in low light
splash zone areas, the deep purple-backed roundish leaves can get close to
the size of dinner plates - then come these clusters of white to slightly
cream-colored blooms from the upper leaf axils, held close to the square
stems. Truly a choice species.
> Please excuse this non-aroid topic. I was asked if I knew what the plant
> in the attached image is. I don't, and the leaves make me think of one
> family, the flowers another, and the bracts a couple of others. But I know
> many people on this list have very wide botanical interests, and I'd
> appreciate any help.
> I'm told the picture was taken in the rain forest near Arenal, in Costa
> Rica, and that the flowers themselves were about 5 cm (2 in) long. I asked
> for other images, especially of the flowers, but at the moment this is all
> there is. But you guys are so good I feel sure it'll be enough.
> (if anyone is wondering, I did get permission to post the picture ...)
> -- Steve Marak
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