Gloxinia purpurascens

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Gloxinia purpurascens


Terrestrial herb, to 50 cm or more tall. Stem subwoody at base, succulent above, erect or somewhat weak but ascending, pilose. Leaves subequal in a pair or whorl; petiole usually less than 1 cm long, strigillose; blade papyraceous when dry, lanceolate to ovate or elliptic, 4-7 x 2-9 cm, margin finely serrulate, ciliate, apex acute to acuminate, base acute to cuneate, above sparsely pilose to subscabrous, below strigillose along obvious veins. Flowers solitary on a raceme-like stem; epedunculate; pedicel 2-4(-7) cm long, strigillose. Calyx green, lobes free, erect to spreading, subequal, lanceolate, 0.7-1 x 0.2-0.3 cm, margin entire, apex long-acuminate, outside pubescent, inside pubescent; corolla slightly oblique in calyx, orange to rose-purple, ca. 3 cm long, tube cylindric to ventricose, 2.5-3.3 cm long, base not spurred, 0.4-0.6 cm wide, middle ventricose above, throat contracted at mouth, 0.7-0.8 cm wide, outside densely pilose or villous, inside sparsely glandular pubescent, limb ca. 1.2 cm wide, lobes subequal, spreading, broadly triangular, ca. 0.1 cm long, wide, margin entire; stamens subincluded, inserted at 0.1-0.2 cm from base of corolla; ovary ovoid-conic, 0.2-0.3 x 0.3-0.4 cm, appressed-pubescent, style 2-3 cm long, pubescent, stigma ovoid. Mature capsule brown, obconic, ca. 0.5 x ca. 0.5 cm.


Guianas present present, Southern America: Bolivia (Bolivia present); Peru (Peru present), northern Brazil present
Bolivia and Peru, and the Guianas to northern Brazil; > 40 specimens studied, with 3 in the Guianas (GU: 2; FG: 1).


Collected in flower in .


This species is quite variable throughout its range in habit, size, and corolla color.