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frits.kp

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A New Gesneriad ?
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:25:09 PM »
A New Gesneriad ?

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The morning is sunny and I leave my house at 7am for one of the U.K. premier nurseries, Crg Farm in Wales. It is Crg Farm's heritage day and plant fair with smaller nurseries travelling from around the country to sell their personally grown plants of various genus. I have a very small list of plants in my wants book, Conandron ramondioides BSWJ8929, Oreocharis aurea BSWJ11718 and Briggsia kurzii GWJ9342. The Briggsia I have grown before and lost through excessively, either too dry or too wet. I remember growing the Briggsia (generally a difficult and demanding plant) successfully during the summer and then, approaching the autumn, I kept the soil dry and continued this throughout the winter. As the spring warmed up I gave the pot a good drink, so you see, either too dry or too wet because three weeks ago there was  not a stitch in the pot.
 
Crg Farm is set in a stunning location and the gardens have now matured and it makes sense to walk slowly and examine every plant planted. After wandering around the gardens and the nurseries Bleddyn was itching to show me a special gesneriad which had flowered over the last two weeks. Bleddyn led the way and I marched rapidly behind him, ducking under rope and skipping over the signs warning "private" " no admittance" we headed off towards a small closed polythene tunnel. Bleddyn opened the door and the humidity hit the back of my throat, my glasses steamed up and  I turned my head to the cool outside to grab a last gasp of air before heading towards the new collected plant gems.
New plants were stacked on benches three tiers high and some we showing off their fantastic new flowers. The first stunning plant was a new Asarum sp, shown in the next post

Then a six foot high Red Polygonatum kingianum with stunning flowers, below- 



Bleddyn reached down and lifted up to show me a large pot with six pale light and dark blue with a pale blush blue, white Gesneriad flowers.  Bleddyn was understandably shy with too many details, but was allowing me to take a few pictures and gave me permission to blog the pictures on the internet, Thank you Bleddyn.
 

There were a number of fabulous new plants but I was specifically asking for Gesneriads, so Bleddyn leaned under a very full wooden bench and pulled out two more gems, not showing any flowers as yet but the leaf markings were interesting.
 
 
So I came home with photographs and was in total exaltation for Bleddyn and Sues work collecting new plants for us the general gardeners. Crg Farm is truely the best UK nursery for new and excitingly rare plants. Bleddyn and Sue has travelled the world to bring home new plants, it is amazing to think we only have to travel a short distance in this country to acquire a new plant for our garden.

We are welcoming comments on these new Gesneriads.

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Kevin Pratt  May 2013

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Re: A New Gesneriad ?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 06:26:30 PM »
Asarum sp
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Re: A New Gesneriad ?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2013, 06:27:30 PM »
Another picture of the new Gesneriad
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Re: A New Gesneriad ?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 03:32:41 AM »
I saw the gesneriad from the last two images in the field in 2011. I am the F in the FMWJ. We saw it in only two spots where it grew on nearly vertical rock faces on north facing slopes. It was with Shortia sinensis, a few other gesneriads and numerous ferns. A beautiful plant.

 Where is the new Asarum from? Looks very delavayi-ish to me.
 
 Aaron
Missouri, at the northeast edge of the Ozark Plateau

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Re: A New Gesneriad ?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2013, 08:05:38 PM »
Nice to hear from you. what was the location, do you remember? have you any idea what genus, I have posted this on the Gesneriad society forum, with two replies.
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Re: A New Gesneriad ?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2013, 11:29:15 PM »
I do, but I am not at liberty to tell ;D You need a government permit to even access the area and a guide up the mountains to even get close to locating it. I don't think any of us had batteries with enough power for the GPS's at that point.

 So far I have gotten a few experts to suggest Chirita which is what I keyed it out to. It is in the couplet that separates the asymmetric leaved species from the symmetric species. I am not sure if its the same species as the Chinese one. I forget at the moment what that sp. name was.

 

 
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Re: A New Gesneriad ?
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2013, 06:14:35 PM »
The gesneriad with the white markings could be a Chirita speciosa .  The first unkwown gesneriad .......were is it found?

 


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