The Living Collection at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Illustrates the Floral Diversity in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae)


  • Michael Moller Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Hannah Atkins Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Sadie Barber Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • David Purvis Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh



A visual summary of the floral types present in the diverse genus Streptocarpus is given along with descriptions of the different categories. We categorised the species and defined seven types and six sub-types. The use of a comprehensive and well-curated living collection for the study of floral diversification is presented and its use for interpretation and education discussed.

Author Biographies

Michael Moller, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Molecular Systematist and Cytologist

Hannah Atkins, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Gesneriaceae Taxonomist

Sadie Barber, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Senior Horticulturist

David Purvis, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Herbarium Assistant


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How to Cite

Moller, M., Atkins, H., Barber, S., & Purvis, D. (2019). The Living Collection at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Illustrates the Floral Diversity in Streptocarpus (Gesneriaceae). Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (17), 155–177.