Thursday, February 19, 2015
Renanthera monachica Ames 1915, slow growing but rewarding
This small Renanthera is a very slow grower under my conditions. Thankfully it will bloom at a size that is positively microscopic when compared with its relatives such as Ren. coccinea and Ren storiei. The bright colored flowers are a veritable plague magnet, I had to spray mine regularly with a mild insecticidal dilution just to be able to enjoy a full inflorescence. Even the something bit off the dorsal petal of the first flower to open.
The flowers open slowly over the course of weeks. The first flower opened on February 8 and it took until the 19 for the inflorescence to open its 10 th flower. The inflorescence still has a bit to go until all the flowers are open. I recommend this plant for people with limited space and endless patience.