African Violet species Saintpaulia diplotrica Punter#7 2 leaves

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This species was first collected in the East Usambara Mountains  in Tanzania in 1895 .  It lived in a gorge where the rocks were covered in moss.  This is a deeply shaded place under evergreen vegetation.  Burtt described this species in 1947  from a cultivated plant which was for a long time called S. kewensis (5c. 1 cl. kewensis, describeby C. B. Clarke.  

it is characterized by two types of hairs on its leaves.  One is long and spread out, the other is short and straight.  Eventually, Burtt  recognized that there were differences between the number of specimens and the types of hairs.  He also recognized that there were some plants which had smoother purpler leaves than the other plants that had smaller leaves, of a more pronounced green   The plants which had the purple leaves kept the name of the species diplotrica, while the others which had the green leaves were recognized as being a new species, 5b. cl. confusa.

5c.  2. cl. diplotricha Punter No. 7 is the most different of the 3 Punter clones and must without doubt be re-examined to determine if it really belongs in the group.   Its flowers are a paled blue gray and are smaller with more pointed lobes than those of the other two forms.  It leaves are pointed in the shape of a heart and on the underside are pale red.  They are much larger serrated that the leaves of the other two forms and have a tendency to grow downward as if they want to attach themselves to the container.  Its leaves are also bristly to the touch .  This little plant seems to be more tolerant to cold conditions .  
Thank you Francine Pilon for a great description of this plant

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