Streptocarpus grandis
This plant grows in tropical forests.  The long flower stem extends to become more than 30 cm in height.  During its lifetime, it only produces one leaf which can expand to more than 60cm in length.  To describe this large leaf, it is called Oushinoshita (which means a cow's big tongue) in Japanese.
The genus name, Streptocarpus, consists of 2 Greek words, 'streptos' meaning twisted and 'karpos' meaning fruit.  This refers to the fruit which forms into a spiral shape.  When the fruit ripens, its spiral unravels to sprinkle small seeds.
Classification: Gesneriaceae Streptocarpus
Scientific name: Streptocarpus grandis
Japanese name: Oushinoshita
English Name: ---
Native locality: Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Ecological description: Perennial
RDB : ---
Planting place: East Flowers and Ornamental Plants Greenhouse
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