Gesneriads forum: Titanotrichum oldhamii Yellow-Flowering Gesneriad

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Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Jul 18, 2013 9:44 AM CST
I wanted to share photos of my gesneriad Titanotrichum oldhamii which I am growing indoors in a somewhat sunny window at my office at work. It is a unique gesneriad, I think, in that it needs to be in constant moisture to be happy. I love the bright yellow flowers.




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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jul 18, 2013 9:51 AM CST
Simply stunning!
Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Jul 18, 2013 10:50 AM CST
Thanks, Dave. I love this one to pieces, figuratively speaking. I got it from Plant Delights Nursery.

I need to figure out how to propagate it so I have an extra one should this one fail on me.
Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Jul 18, 2013 11:03 AM CST
Look at the colors in the tube! Drooling
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jul 18, 2013 5:23 PM CST
Incredible! Thumbs up
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 24, 2013 6:43 AM CST
Joseph: Wow, that is an absolutely stunning bloom! Love it! Titanotrichum is a new one to me; I've never heard of that plant before, but then again there are lots of Gesneriads I'm sure I've never heard of. Thumbs up

I sent a proposal to move your first bloom image to the database; hope you will consider adding others of the entire plant, leaves, stem etc.
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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey (Zone 6b)

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JB
Jul 24, 2013 11:22 AM CST
WOW Joseph, that is simply stunning. Does it have any fragrance? With that beauty it doesn't need any but i was just curious. Big Grin
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jul 24, 2013 2:27 PM CST
I found this thread because of the database photo, what a beauty .
I too would be interested in seeing the rest of the plant . Fuzzy leaves ?
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 24, 2013 3:31 PM CST
I found a photo of plant/foliage at the Gesneriads website: http://www.gesneriads.ca/titano02.htm

and flowers: http://www.gesneriads.ca/titano03.htm

Wow, it must be pretty hardy; according to this: http://dcgesneriads.blogspot.com/2011/03/titanotrichum-oldha... it's hardy in Washington D.C.
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Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Jul 25, 2013 8:37 AM CST
Plant Delights Nursery is where I got my plant. The soil must remain moist at all times, and not left to dry out or you'll lose the plant.

I'll try to get photos of the foliage and upload soon.
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plantladylin
Jul 25, 2013 8:54 AM CST
When I was googling I saw it for sale at the PlantDelights website! I don't grow much in the way of Gesneriads anymore but from the little I read that one sounds like a fairly easy plant as long as the soil is kept moist. It would be a pretty specimen for a large terrarium. Look forward to more of your photo's!
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Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Jul 25, 2013 9:05 AM CST
My flower stems rise up above the pot about 3 feet, it might not fit in a terrarium.
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plantladylin
Jul 25, 2013 9:35 AM CST
Oh my, I didn't realize they grew that tall! Well, it's probably not one for me; I figured if I put it in a terrarium it would stay moist enough, I'm pretty bad about keeping plants watered enough. Sad I'll just have to gaze at your lovely photo's on occasion! Smiling
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Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Jul 25, 2013 1:49 PM CST
The foliage is not very fuzzy, somewhat smooth I'd say.



The plant inflorescence is tall but the base part of the plant would fit in an aquarium.



Here are more flower photos to ogle. Ths latest flush of flowers is the nicest presentation of blossoms yet.

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Name: Donna
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Perennialgirl
Jul 26, 2013 8:29 AM CST
Very pretty and striking!!
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jul 26, 2013 10:38 AM CST
The flowers remind me of foxglove.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 26, 2013 11:22 AM CST
Cinda: I saw somewhere where it was referred to as Chinese Foxglove but everything I find when googling Chinese Foxglove I get Rehmannia elata:

Chinese Foxglove (Rehmannia elata) with pink blooms, and although the bloom shape looks somewhat similar I don't think it's a gesneriad.
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Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

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Gerris2
Jul 2, 2014 3:18 PM CST
My plant has begun to make flowers again!


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Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
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JB
Jul 2, 2014 4:00 PM CST
How beautiful. It is a really special beauty. Thanks for sharing.
Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Jul 2, 2014 8:19 PM CST
Thank you, JB!

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