This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
This desirable gesneriaceous plant is figured and described by Dr. Flanohon, in the 7th volume of the Flore des Serres. As this tribe of plants is, generally speaking, well suited to our conservatories, and many of the species of Gesneria already introduced have been found valuable additions to the hot-house, easy of cultivation, and propagated with facility from the leaves, we have translated the following description of this showy plant: -
"Heinttia tigrina was found by M. KaRESTEN, in the shady mountain forest of Caraccas, at 5000 feet above the level of the sea. It forms an under shrub, (sous arbutti) with spreading branches, from tour to five feet high, slightly quadrangular, ornamented with fascicles of flowers, enclosed in a rose-colored calyx, which proceed from the axils of the large leaves. The corolla is beautifully dotted with purple on a white ground. Though resembling Alloplectus in appearance, as well as in the calyx and fruit, this genus is distinguished at once from that family, as well as from all analogous genera, by the absence of a large hypogynous gland on the posterior side of the base of the ovary. Its habit, calyx, and form of corolla, separate it from Drymonia, the only genus of the order with a free ovary, which. as well as the Heintzia, has no trace of a fifth stamen. It flourishes and ripens its seed in a humid and warm atmosphere, flowering in the summer months, and ripening its seeds in the comparatively dry season which forms the winter of that region".
We have been obliged to abridge the interesting details furnished by the editor of the Flore.