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Achimenes erecta ‘Superba’

Presumably a cultivar of Achimenes erecta (Lam.) H.P.Fuchs var. rosea, synonym Achimenes rosea Lindl. It is not listed in the Gesneriad Register –Achimenes.  It may be synonymous with A. coccinea (Scop.) Pers. ‘Superba', described as ‘fine, deep scarlet, with slight marks down the centre of the petals, somewhat larger than A. coccinea.  [MB p.124/1847].  A. coccinea (Scop.) Pers. is another synonym of A. erecta.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

On 8th April, 1846, Macarthur placed an order for Achimenes rosea superba with Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London.  [MP A2933-1 p.132].


Published Aug 27, 2009 - 10:45 AM | Last updated Aug 25, 2011 - 04:14 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin

Common Name

Achimenes, Hot water plant, Cupid’s bow

Name in the Camden Park Record

Achimenes rosea superba

Confidence level medium