This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This remarbably showy stove plant has firm, almost leathery, ovate leaves, which are coarsely toothed, and brilliant flowers of a vermillionscarlet color, darker towards the base of the petals. The flowers are semi-double, the petals very much waved and recurved, forming an irregular undulated mass four inches across, from which the partially petaloid staminal column projects two inches. The brilliant and attractive flowers are remarkable for the absence of formality, the shape being wild and abounding in fantastic curves, but nevertheless they are remarkably handsome. It has been imported from the South Sea Islands. - Wm. Bull.