Achimenes longiflora

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Achimenes longiflora
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Gesneriaceae
Genus: Achimenes
Species: A. longiflora
Binomial name
Achimenes longiflora

Achimenes longiflora has many common names including Cupid's bow, nut-orchid, and magic flower.

It can grow up to 24 inches (61 cm) long, arising from small rhizomes. The hairy leaves have saw toothed edges and can be up to 3.5 in (89 mm) long and 1.5 in (38 mm) wide. The flowers are produced from June to October and are usually blue with a white throat. They can be quite large – up to 2 in (51 mm) long and 3 in (76 mm) across.

This flor de peña (rock flower) was collected and documented in late summer blooming on embankments and along roadsides at intermediate elevations in Guatemala in the 1970s by Carol Rogers Chickering.[1]


  1. ^ Flowers of Guatemala, University of Oklahoma Press1973