|Codonanthe carnosa 'Libby'|
"It's just as Gary suspected, this large-flowered Codonanthe appears to be the "original" C. carnosa distributed by Hans Wiehler many years ago.
Good to see it in production, and hopefully widely distributed. Thanks to Gary!"
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Mauro, Brazilian Seed Fund comments:
"Alain is the best one to “give the verdict” and he will correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems that the name confusion came from long ago when Wiehler described C. digna and C. paula that are in fact Codonanthe devosiana.
Codonanthe carnosa has the biggest flower among the four species with small leaves from Southeast Atlantic forest: (devosiana, serrulata, gibbosa and carnosa) and Gary’s plant fits on C. carnosa flower size.
Probably some plants labeled as C. carnosa are in fact C. devosiana…"
"I fully agree with Mauro, the material posted as Codoannthe "Libby" matches exactly the clone I got from Hans Wiehler in the early 980's, it pertains doubtless to C. carnosa."
Then Mauro says:
"Yes, to me, it is a standard sized C. carnosa flower. It “should” have at least twice of the size of C. devosiana ‘Paula’ since the later has one of the smallest flower from all clones of C. devosiana that I’ve seen.
The attached picture is C. carnosa (not fully open) that I grow from seeds of the Seed Fund since 1995, it looks to be the same as Gary’s plant. The ones that I collected don´t have the red on the back of the leaves."
And so it goes----The clone I have designated as 'Libby' is the species carnosa which somehow got to Libby years ago. It has red on the back of the leaves which is different from those collected in Brazil by Mauro.