Titanotrichum; was RE: perennial bulbs

Tony Avent tony@plantdelights.com
Mon, 04 Oct 2010 11:34:02 PDT

There is nothing quite like seeing a plant that you have grown for years in
the wild.  The plants that we offer are all clonal, but of unknown origin.
The plant that we have now from Taiwan is a new clone to cultivation.  There
is an interesting article that I recently read detailing the extremely
narrow genetics range of titanotrichium over its entire range as shown by
DNA...don't remember the author, but you might find in on-line.

Tony Avent
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Sent: Monday, October 04, 2010 10:31 AM
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Subject: Re: [pbs] Titanotrichum; was RE: perennial bulbs

Tony wrote (of Titanotrichum oldhamii) “Our plant from that expedition is
flowering in the garden now.”


And the plant I received from Plant Delights a few weeks ago is just about
to bloom here. 


For those of you who don’t know it, Titanotrichum looks a lot like a
yellow-flowered Digitalis. 


One of the pleasures of my old age is to discover that some plants once
fabulously rare are now readily available. I’ve known about Titanotrichum
for decades, ever since I read about it in the book Miracle Houseplants
published in 1976. This book is about gesneriads. When that book was written
very little was known about Titanotrichum; for instance, the authors had
never seen it. They say it can reach 5’ in height. That’s what caught my
attention. I don’t move in gesneriad circles, so as more information about
the plant gradually accumulated, I was not aware of it. 


When I took a look at the Plant Delights website earlier this year, I got a
real rush to see that not only is it available but no more expensive than
dozens of other fine plants. 


Tony, in the passage quoted above you wrote “our plant”: is it a single
plant, a clone? 


I’ve very excited about this one! 


Thanks too  for that link, Tony. Wow! After a trip like that, don’t you feel
totally spoiled for life? 




Jim McKenney


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