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Rhabdothamnus solandri - New Zealand gloxinia, taurepo

Family: Gesneriaceae

Rhabdothamnus solandri  is a small slender branching shrub with distinctive bristly hairs on branches and leaves and attractive orange-red tubular flowers. A family of about 85 mostly tropical and subtropical genera.
An endemic genus with only one species, found in lowland forest on the North Island

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 2 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric


Flower size:  10 mm x 30-50 mm

Leaf form: undivided, circular-oval

Sepals:  5

Leaf size: 1-2 cm

Petals:  5, orange, red

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs on the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 4 (plus one sterile staminode)

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry