Achimenes

Achimenes is a genus of 25 species in the Gesneriaceae family native to the West Indies, Mexico and Central America. Plants are summer growing and winter dormant, pulling back to "scaly rhizomes" that are distinctive to some genera of the Gesneriaceae. Species and hundreds of hybrids in this genus are often grown as a house plants or in the tropical greenhouses, but many of them can be grown outdoors in summer in well watered good soil in part shade. They respond well to fertilization during growth. After a period of growth an flowering, the plants produce rhizomes that are often formed below the soil, but sometimes smaller sized rhizomes may also appear on stems or leaves above the soil. During dormancy, the rhizomes should be kept dry in moderate temperatures until started back into growth in late winter or spring. When stored cool with higher air humidity, the rhizomes do not need extra water, but when stored in a heated space, a touch of supplemental water to keep the soil from going completely dry is recommended. Growers of the genus noted that the rhizomes perform best when left in their pots during dormancy.

For more information and pictures consult the Gesneriad Society web site
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Achimenes species
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admirabilis
Achimenes antirrhina, Dennis Kramb [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
antirrhina
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candida
Achimenes cettoana, Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
cettoana
Achimenes dulcis, Jinean S. [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
dulcis
Achimenes erecta 'Tiny Red', Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
erecta
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flava
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grandiflora
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heterophylla
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longiflora
Achimenes mexicana, Jinean S. [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
mexicana
Achimenes misera, Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
misera
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patens
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pedunculata
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obscura
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skinneri


Achimenes hybrids
Achimenes 'Amie Saliba', Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
'Amie Saliba'
Achimenes 'George Houche', Jinean S. [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
'George Houche'
Achimenes 'Judith', Nhu Nguyen [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
'Judith'
Achimenes 'Grape Wine', Jinean S. [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
'Grape Wine'
Achimenes 'Pink Cloud(s), Mary Sue Ittner [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
'Pink Cloud'
Achimenes 'Prima Donna', Jay Yourch [Shift+click to enlarge, Click to go to wiki entry]
'Prima Donna'

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