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Aneilema aequinoctiale

Aneilema aequinoctiale
clinging aneilema

Common name clinging aneilema
Family commelinaceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers yellow
Light part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil

Native to sub-Saharan Africa, so probably quite tender. My single seedling grew healthily but slowly under the basement lights, but started really taking off when the weather turned warm, after it had been set outside. At first, it produced long sprawling leafy stems. Then suddently, in early August, it was blooming. Reportedly, flowers open only in the morning – something I've yet to confirm for myself. A curiosity, for sure – but I like curiosities.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '13/'14 exchange. Baggy 70F (10d) - sandpapered - 70F (22d; 38%G, 13-17d) - sandpapered - 70F (25%G, 6d). Only 25% of sprouted seeds developed.

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