On one of my visits to the National Herbarium in Washington, D.C., in 1969, Mr. Conrad V. Morton, curator of ferns, Gesneriaceae, Solanaceae, etc. showed me three gesneriad collections from Colombia which he had on loan from Stockholm since 1937. He told me that this material might possibly represent a new genus, asked where such a taxon would be placed in my then developing scheme of realignment of the genera of the neotropical sub- family Gesnerioideae, and suggested to try my luck with this odd species. Since that time I have found many other herbarium collections of this species, some more information about it on the sheet labels, but no other close relative of it in the tribe Episcieae Endlicher. But Gesneriaceae are one of those tropical plant families best studied through the observation of living material. On one of my field trips in search of Gesneriaceae I was for- tunate to find this species in flower and fruit in Colombia, and to bring it back to cultivation to the greenhouses of the University of Miami for further research (plant accession number W-1699). I also obtained in 1971 seed of a Panamanian collection from Dr. Helen Kennedy who knew of my interest in this elusive species we had tried to find on an earlier field trip, but this material has not yet flowered although it grows vegetatively very vigorously (accession number W-1606).
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