Ruellia marlothii

One bird, two bird, red bird, blue bird….pink, yellow, red.. what is it? The veritable, variable Ruellia marlothii. Yep – all those colors are pretty much the norm in Kunene Province. Note the Dusky Sunbird happily pollinating the local dominant. Definitely something worthy of study happening with these color morphs / anthocyanin variants…

Wild collected, Namibia, Tripp & Dexter #870 (RSA-POM), Tripp & Dexter et al. #1980 (RSA-POM), Tripp & Dexter et al. #2016 (RSA-POM), and so many other collections; Photos by Erin Tripp

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