lithophyte

Sinningia macropoda, young growth

This Brazilian gesneriad develops a long-lived woody tuber. This particular plant is 24 years old, grown from seed sown in 1991. In the wild it grows in crevices in rock faces.

In cultivation S. macropoda has no dormancy period; new sprouts continually develop from the tuber. Each stem yields four leaves and many orange flowers. It makes a very easy and satisfying houseplant.

For scale the pot is 6″ across.

Grown and photographed by Peter Shalit