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Useful Tropical Plants

Gloxinia perennis

(L.) Fritsch

Gesneriaceae

+ Synonyms

Escheria gloxiniifolia Regel

Eucolum crassifolium Salisb.

Gloxinia bicolor Poepp. ex Hanst.

Gloxinia heterophylla Poepp.

Gloxinia maculata L'Hér.

Gloxinia pallidiflora Hook.

Gloxinia perennis (L.) Druce

Gloxinia suaveolens Decne.

Gloxinia trichantha Miq.

Gloxinia trichotoma Moench

Martynia perennis L.

Salisia gloxiniaiflora Regel

Salisia maculata Regel

Salisia pallidiflora (Hook.) Regel

Salisia suaveolens (Decne.) Regel

Common Name: Canterbury Bells

Gloxinia perennis
Flowering plant
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General Information

Canterbury bells is a somewhat succulent, perennial plant, producing a clump of red-mottled stems up to 1 metre tall, occasionally to 2 metres, from an underground rhizome[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
,
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is commonly grown as an ornamental in tropical gardens, and as a pot plant in cooler zones, being valued especially for its pale purple flowers and attractive leaves[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Preers a partially shaded position[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
]. Grows well in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

An infusion of the plant is applied topically as a remedy for boils[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings of the rhizomes[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].

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