BSA Plant Images Online - Monophyllaea horsfieldii R.Br., Cultivated at the Botanical Garden Vienna
<IT>Monophyllaea horsfieldii</IT> R.Br., cultivated at the Botanical Garden Vienna (HBV), grown from seeds collected by Dr. Kwiton Jong at Batu Caves, Selangor, West Malaysia. The plant represents a giant seedling, with the stem corresponding to the hypocotyl and the single leaf to an enormously enlarged cotyledon. As flowers and fruits are produced in the seedling stage, <IT>Monophyllaea</IT> provides a perfect example of neoteny in the plant kingdom. The genus belongs to the morphologically and biogeographically noteworthy tribe Epithemateae of Gesneriaceae.