Found growing outside English Opera House

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  1. SSivertz

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    Hi there. I have been asked to identify this plant. It is growing in the gardens of an Opera House in Glyndebourne, U.K. The photographer thinks it might be Streptocarpus, but we aren't sure.

    Does anybody recognize this plant?
     

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  2. togata57

    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Could it be a Nicotiana sylvestris?
     
  3. Silver surfer

    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Welcome SSivertz.
    I believe it is a rare tender plant, Sinningia tubiflora. It is tuberous and related to Gloxinia. I supect it is growing in a pot, so that in winter it can be easily moved inside to a greenhouse. To be at Glyndebourne it has to be something special. The flowers are sweetly fragrant.

    Quote from 1st link......"These beautiful flowers were born on a very long flowering stem. The flowers were very fragrant, as well as beautifully shaped and of a very clear white. Note the "keyhole" opening, which when taken with the white color, the fragrance and the length of the tube, indicates likely pollination by a moth with a long proboscis."


    http://www.gesneriads.ca/sinni147.htm

    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgu...4XhCw&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=23&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0

    http://yhst-27104608415819.stores.yahoo.net/sinningia-tubiflora.html

    A print from 1842....

    http://www.gesneriads.ca/gloxinia_tubiflora.htm

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  4. SSivertz

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    Yes, it definately looks like Sinningia tubiflora. Thank you very much.
     
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    Does anyone know of a nursery (preferrably in the Pacific Northwest) that carries Sinningia tubiflora?
     
  6. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Has been listed by Cistus nursery near Portland in the past.
     

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