Ruellia currorii

The so very cool things that we learn from one another… here are two photos that Frances Crawford at Kew shared with me, taken of the elusive Ruellia currorii, which is known from less than 7 collections and is endemic to southern Angola and northern Namibia. The reality is that this name might turn out to ultimately be representative of two different species… one with purple flowers like the plants pictured, and one with white to cream flowers. Time and more collections will tell. For now, we can only gaze at the distinctiveness of this plant by its terete, almost Justicia-like stems.

Wild Collected, Angola, Crawford #406 (K); Photos by Frances Crawford, used with permission.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s