Floridana Tropical Plants
Quesnelia testudo

Although only 15 species and 2 varieties belong to this genus, it is a varied and colorful group. M Quesnel, French consul in French Guiana, first introduced the species to France around 1840.

All species of Quesnelia are indigenous to eastern Brazil. They are predominantly terrestrial and grow in forests and in coastal regions at altitudes of up to 1500 meters. The four species have simple, cone-shaped inflorescences with red bracts and blue to violet petals.

Quesnelias are hardly ever offered by nurseries. A main reason may be the short longevity of the inflorescences because otherwise quesnelias are just as extravagant as their melodious name suggests.
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