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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Haberlea (after Karl C. Haberle, professor of botany at Pesth, who died in 1831). Gesneriaceae. One dainty little hardy herbaceous perennial plant, which is tufted and bears in spring a few scapes 4 to 6 inches high, with two to five nodding, violet-colored, five- lobed, tubular flowers, each about 1 inch long and 1 inch across. Allied to Ramondia.

Haberlea has 4 included didynamous stamens and a bell-shaped calyx; the corolla has a conspicuous tube, which is thrust out of the calyx nearly ^in., and 5 lobes, 2 of which are much smaller than the others, while in Ramondia the fl. seems to be wheel-shaped, with 5 equal petals, because the corolla-tube is very short and inconspicuous and the lobes deeply cut. Haberlea was intro. to cult, about 1881 by Leichtlin, and few, if any, of our skilled amateurs know the plant. It is not advertised in Amer. Only 1 species is known, and it is found wild only in a few miles of a single valley in Thrace, where it abounds on the southern slope of the Balkans on shaded schistose rocks. Only 4 species of Gesneriaceae are found wild in Eu., and 3 of them, are said to be confined each to one spot. The genus Ramondia has the same habit and is equally desirable. For cult., see Ramondia.

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