Plant ID forum: Tiny purple flower for ID

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Name: Noel Calvert
Tumaco, Colombia-South America (Zone 13b)
A gringo?Where?(does a doubletake)
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NoelCalvert
Feb 1, 2013 4:48 PM CST
Hello everyone.
I found a flower on one of my visits to Comfamiliar de Narino-Chilvi. I honestly did not expect it to survive, or to produce more flowers. I was simply bringing my wife a pretty bloom with the plant attached hehe!
However, this flower is still kicking at my little balcony jungle, & I am wondering if it is some sort of Orchid. It is very tiny though.

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Any help with an ID would be appreciated.
Some good news for anyone who is interested in my little jungle. I just rented a 2 bedroom house with a back yard bigger than the house & a little 5 foot wide L shaped run of yard space in the front. My jungle, & my wife's collection of pretty flowers just got proper space to grow.

Sincerely,
Noel
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Feb 1, 2013 5:08 PM CST
It looks like Streptocarpus .. I need to find that list!

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Feb 1, 2013 5:32 PM CST
There's a lot of Streptocarpus species on the Gesneriad site,

http://www.gesneriads.ca/alphabet.htm#S
Name: Noel Calvert
Tumaco, Colombia-South America (Zone 13b)
A gringo?Where?(does a doubletake)
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NoelCalvert
Feb 1, 2013 10:40 PM CST
Hello Janet.
The flower looks a lot like these plants, but the growth pattern is drastically different than most. I can not find one that has the same types of leaves or stem structure & the same flowers. Do you possibly have a more direct species guess with photos? This is a nice plant, & I would like some care & propagation information for it.

Noel
Kneel & swear fealty to the Lord Dragon, or you will be knelt! Mazrim Taim
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Feb 2, 2013 5:40 AM CST
It could be in Acanthaceae, Ruellia macrantha is in Colombia, it looks similar.

http://www.plantsystematics.org/cgi-bin/dol/dol_terminal.pl?...

http://www.cucutanuestra.com/temas/flora_cucuta/nombre_comun...



Name: Noel Calvert
Tumaco, Colombia-South America (Zone 13b)
A gringo?Where?(does a doubletake)
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NoelCalvert
Feb 2, 2013 6:37 AM CST
Hello Janet.
I am thinking the Acanthaceae is the best bet for an ID. Is that a commonly available flower in the states? This seems like a very easy flower to grow & quite pretty. Might be worth exporting... Hurray!
Noel
Kneel & swear fealty to the Lord Dragon, or you will be knelt! Mazrim Taim
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Feb 2, 2013 10:31 AM CST
I don't know how commonly available Ruellia is in the US Noel, I'm in the UK. nodding There are a few species in the US although not widespread.

http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=RUELL
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2013 4:54 PM CST
I agree with Ruellia. It reminds me of a native (R. caroliniensis) that grows here in Florida: http://www.google.com/search?q=Ruellia+caroliniensis&hl=en&t...





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