71 (March/April 2004)
by Freda Holley
Joy Porter has not only introduced me to her
own hybrid, but to so many species I love. It seems she always knows about
the most unusual and lovely ones! Since I have a bit of space here, let me
tell you about another one because just as I was completing the above
article I received great photos from Mary Bucholtz of its most
unusual aspect, the flowers.
The female flowers have very ruffled petals! But it is
not only the flowers that are beautiful on B. 0029, the leaves are
such a glistening, lovely dark color with magnificent red reverse. In the
right light and temperature they tend to cup up whichgives the plant
overall a shapely appearance.
Now this plant is not from Brazil where as many of you
know most of my favorites originate, but from Honduras where my husband
RL was born and raised.
Dr. Fred A. Barkley gave seed of this plant to
Logees many moons ago and seed were listed in our seed fund in 1984.
Logee's sold it under the name B. 'Mystique'. My own seed came from
Joy and 1 managed to raise just one plant in Arkansas. Like B.
'Normand' one of those plants wound up with Gene Salisbury and he gave
me back a cutting when we moved to Oklahoma. It grew well in the cool
climate of Arkansas, but it clearly doesn't like the lower humidity here.
In neither place have I been able to set seed; nor has Gene. Yet, it must
come from seed; has anyone else managed to get seed? I suspect it might be
one of those that refuses to accept it's own pollen and ours are all
|Below are Mary Bucholtz's great
photos of B.U029.|