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  id this non-aroid plant?
From: samarak at gizmoworks.com (Steve Marak) on 2008.02.22 at 13:15:17(17079)

Aroiders,

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.

Thanks,

Steve

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From: Riley2362 at aol.com (Riley2362 at aol.com) on 2008.02.22 at 13:23:04(17080)
Hi Steve,
It is a gesneriad, of course ... specifically in the genus Drymonia. I'm
not certain what species, but Jonathan Ertelt may know. That is a very rich
area for many varied species - providing one can take one's eyes off the
continually erupting volcano, a beautiful and easy place to travel and visit.
Michael Riley

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From: harrywitmore at witmore.net (Harry Witmore) on 2008.02.22 at 13:48:14(17081)
I'd have to say Gesneriad but I'm not positive. If no one here knows I can
post it on the Gesneriad list.

Harry Witmore

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From: growit7 at windstream.net (Tere Baber) on 2008.02.22 at 13:52:08(17082)
Some picts of the leaves would help. I'm thinking Gesnaria
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From: ironious2 at yahoo.com (E Morano) on 2008.02.22 at 13:54:27(17083)
Non-aroid question!?! Thats sacrilege!

Steve Marak wrote: Aroiders,

Please excuse this non-aroid topic. I was asked if I knew what the plant

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From: bonaventure at optonline.net (bonaventure at optonline.net) on 2008.02.22 at 14:09:58(17084)
Hi Steve,

Is this possibly a species of Clerodendron?

Bonaventure

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From: Tropicals at SolutionsAnalysis.net (Tropicals) on 2008.02.22 at 14:26:46(17085)
Could it be a Tacca?

CSea

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From: epiphyte1 at earthlink.net (Adam Black) on 1969.12.31 at 16:00:00(17086)
Steve,

My vote would be a species of Drymonia (Gesneriaceae), maybe Drymonia turrialvae.

Adam Black

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From: ghood at psc.edu (Greg Hood) on 2008.02.22 at 14:29:10(17087)
Steve,
It looks like Paradrymonia hypocyrta (Gesneriaceae), or some
closely-related species. For a picture of P. hypocyrta, see:
http://www.selby.org/clientuploads/images/research/GIC/Plants/Paradrymonia_hypocyrta_1974-2246WB.JPG
--Greg Hood

From: abri1973 at wp.pl (Marek Argent) on 2008.02.22 at 14:46:47(17088)
Hello Steve,

Probably Gesneriaceae, but not sure

Marek

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From: jonathan.ertelt at Vanderbilt.Edu (Ertelt, Jonathan B) on 2008.02.22 at 20:29:29(17089)
Steve,

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.

Jonathan

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From: samarak at gizmoworks.com (Steve Marak) on 2008.02.22 at 20:57:56(17091)
Thanks, all. You guys are as good as I told everyone you were.

It's barely 7 hours since I posted the image; Michael Riley's reply, the
first one, showed up almost before I got my hand off the keyboard. Most
people, including a couple of private replies, went for Gesneriaceae. That
was my first thought as well, and I had spent hours looking at pictures of
gesneriads in general, especially those found in Costa Rica, but didn't
come across one of this species. (I then spent more hours looking at
pictures of other Costa Rican plants, mostly just for fun.) Adam Black
also suggested Drymonia turrialvae, and Jonathan's note puts the finish on
it.

I've now found a couple of other pictures and I agree with Jonathan - this
looks like a wonderful plant. I love gesneriads and this looks like one I
want to grow, along with several others in the genus I ran across during
my earlier searches.

Steve

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From: piabinha at yahoo.com (piaba) on 2008.02.22 at 21:08:38(17092)
--- E Morano wrote:
> Non-aroid question!?! Thats sacrilege!

i know... i'm horrified. if at least it were a monocot...

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From: piabinha at yahoo.com (piaba) on 2008.02.23 at 18:08:40(17095)
at first i thought it was a gesneriad but the leaves
totally threw me off.

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From: mossytrail at hctc.com (mossytrail) on 2008.02.24 at 18:05:36(17097)
> I've now found a couple of other pictures and I agree with
> Jonathan - this looks like a wonderful plant. I love
> gesneriads and this looks like one I want to grow, along
> with several others in the genus I ran across during my
> earlier searches.
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