Streptocarpus floribundus is a stemless perennial from Kwazulu-Natal that does well in shade as its habitat is in forests. The leaves emerge in a basal rosette of coarse semi-erect obovate leaves. They have conspicuous parallel net-veining that curves forward from the central leaf vein. The flowers probably appear in summer. The flower has a light blue to almost white tubular corolla with five corolla lobes, based on a five-lobed green calyx. The lower three of these lobes have dark blue lines in the throat.
The fruits of Streptocarpus plants split open in corkscrew fashion, giving the genus the name (streptos means twisted, karpos means fruit in Greek). This is one of the small habitat endemics that may become threatened, although its habitat is believed to still be intact. This specimen is cultivated and protected at Kirstenbosch (www.gesneriads.ca; http://redlist.sanbi.org).
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