I found these two flower buds nestled away in the straw-like spines of my big Leuchtenbergia principis. This should be quite an exciting flower, since you don’t really see this plant in flower in collections in the UK. The plants need to be quite large and well fed before they will flower. I eagerly await its opening!
Phen Kamal is a very curious looking woolly haired high altitude plant which looks like a hairy, woolly mound. When it flowers, the purple flower-heads in a domed cluster, appear exposed above the wool. Phen Kamal is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim, at altitudes of 3800-5600 m. Flowering: July-October. Phen Kamal is a well known medicinal plant of Kashmir. Whole plant is used in treating boils.
Photo credit: Lopamudra!
Syn.: Masdevallia sodiroi
August 4, 2014
Snail vine - Cochliasanthus caracalla
Cochliasanthus caracalla (Fabaceae) is a neotropical, perennial vine with fragrant flowers said to be reminiscent of hyacinths, and a distinctive curled shape, giving rise to its common names. It is the only member of the genus Cochliasanthus and was formerly considered to belong to the genus Vigna.
In wild this species can be found in Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Other common names: Corkscrew flower, Corkscrew vine, Snailflower. Syn. Vigna caracalla.
Photo credit: ©Kuinamor | Locality: cultivated (Cormontreuil, Champagne-Ardenne, France - 2008)