Smithiantha ‘Esther’s Sunrise’
Smithiantha ‘Esther’s Sunrise’, 2016, IR161318, hybridized by Thad Scaggs, FL, registered by TCGS, MN (S. ‘Jan’s Surprise’ x S.’Tropical Sunset’). Cross made 01/14/11. Fertile. Reproducible only vegetatively. Erect growth habit up to 42 cm.. Leaves dark green, mottled with light green areas, 10 cm long x 8 cm wide with 6 cm petiole, hairy, orbicular with serrate margin, cordate base and acute tip. Calyx split, medium green, 6 mm. Pedicel 3 cm with 8 flowers per axil. Corolla infundilbuliform, 5.5 cm long x 2.5 cm wide, apricot outer tube with white to light apricot face and interior. Unique flower color, very floriferous. The Twin City Gesneriad Society named this hybrid in honor of one of their founders, Mrs.Esther Oleisky.