Vanhouttea leonii

  1. Seedling
  2. Feature table
  3. External link
  4. Publication and etymology
V. leonii in habitat

This picture, courtesy of Alain Chautems, shows Vanhouttea leonii in habitat.  It appears we should be growing our vanhoutteas in the crevices of rocky outcrops, surrounded by plenty of weeds.  The rocks may allow the plant to get plenty of sunlight while protecting the roots from drying out too much.

leonii seedling

This picture shows a seedling, started from Brazil Plants seed. At this time [September 2013], the plant was about 14 cm [5.5 inches] tall, and growing in a 3-inch pot.

Feature table for Vanhouttea leonii

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Upright shrub
Leaves Green on top, back paler.
Dormancy No tuber


Inflorescence axillary cymes of 1-3 flowers
Flowering Summer-autumn (in Brazil), according to publication
Flower Tubular, orange, red, or maroon, about 1 inch [2.5-3.2 cm] long (smaller than other vanhoutteas).

Horticultural aspects

Hardiness No data.


Taxonomic group The free-calyx-lobe vanhouttea clade.
Pollinator Probably hummingbirds.
Habitat Eastern uplands of Minas Gerais, Brazil, above the tree line.
Nectaries Five glands.

External Link

Mauro Peixoto's web site has a page about Vanhouttea leonii.


The species V. leonii was described in Alain Chautems's paper "New Gesneriaceae from Minas Gerais" (2002).  It grows in Minas Gerais state of Brazil, in the same general area as V. pendula: the mountains near where the three states of Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo, and Rio de Janeiro meet.