A fantastic and very rare plant, fascinating specimen and special for collectors.
Lobelia are common garden plants and are usually grown by their floriferous nature. As with most plants; There are also some species that surprise us, and that often cause us perplexity.
Lobelia is no exception, with its two copies (lobelia gregoriana and lobelia telekii), also called vulgarly, as lobelias giant of the mountains of Africa.
The two species are lobelia telekii, commonly known as cousin it lobelia (lobelia primo itt), in reference and resemblance to fictional character in the series adams family. This article was called the homage to Hungarian explorer Count Smarte Telekii, who led the first expedition to Mount Kenya.
Lobelia telekii inhabits the driest slopes, while its close relative (Gregorian lobelia) prefers the humid valleys.
This species is characterized by an infinity of fibers and films that produce in its maturity a giant inflorescence of 3 meters of height, protected by a mass of long proteins silvery and possibly pink.
Birds are the natural pollinators of flowers that are hidden between the large bracts inside the inflorescence of lobelia telekii. Like flowers are purple.
Lobelia telekii native to the mountains of tropical East Africa, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon and the band of East African aberdare. It lives at high altitudes on well-drained slopes. It is a species semelópsea, that applies to its reproductive effort in the production of a single inflorescence. The secret species is polysaccharide, which may be useful for their survival in the inhospitable environment of their habitat.
Lobelia telekii is already found in successful cultivation by some plant collectors.
A fabulous and very rare, fascinating plant for collectors and nature lovers.