Aroids 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 4:50 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: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Feb 2, 2013 12:43 AM CST
Congratulations on the house and especially the garden! That flower looks like it is on a vine? It also looks vaguely familiar but I'm terrible at ID'ing stuff.
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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 2, 2013 6:41 AM CST
Hello Jonna.
No vine. It is on a main stem with some minor branching. The flowers are topping it, & it is putting out quite a few. The flowers only last a couple of days, but they are quite beautiful. My wife likes the plant as you can see in the photos. My son also. He is really getting interested in the plants now. I think we might have found an ID for it in Acanthaceae, but I am really horrible at ID'ing as well.
Noel
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 2, 2013 4:57 PM CST
Noel, I don't think it is an orchid. The flower form is wrong, as is the stem/leaf configuration.

Closest thing I see is a plant commonly sold here as "Phillippine violet" aka Barleria cristata. It is in Acanthaceae. There's no picture in the Plant Database on this forum, but on another forum I found both purple and white flower forms that look very similar.

It's a nice plant, and as I recall makes a pretty little shrub in time.
Elaine

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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Feb 2, 2013 6:27 PM CST
I have a Philippine Violet...there are pics in the database...your blooms don't seem to match. The blooms on mine look just like a wild violet. Your wife and son look so happy Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 2, 2013 8:26 PM CST
There are a lot of different Barlerias, and they come in different colors, too. Purple, pink, white mauve, bi-colored and variegated leaves too. Here's a link http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/2995/ with a whole bunch of photos of different colors and styles of barleria. I think a few of them look very similar to Noel's.

I have white ones that look something like that, and also a coral Barleria that has much smaller leaves and grows as a sort of low, sprawling plant. Here's the coral one.
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Elaine

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