Boea hygroscopica (Gesneriaceae)

Boea hygroscopica
Colony forming habit on rocks in rainforest

FNQ’s answer to the ‘African Violet’, this rainforest herb, commonly known as the rock violet, would certainly be a fabulous ornamental substitute.

When younger I learnt that you could propagate African Violets by a leaf cutting, i.e, simply placing the cut petiole end of a leaf into the soil. I should perhaps try it for this native species.

Boea hygroscopica
Flower closeup

Boea hygroscopica
Leaf detail

Boea hygroscopica

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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