Cubitanthus is one of the genera that has been bounced around from family to family by taxonomists. Some place it in the Scrophulariaceae, some place it in the Gesneriaceae. They are small, terrestrial herbs from Brazil. Cubitanthus alatus is the type and only species.
I decided to send a note to Mauro and laughed at the tone of his message. Its a weed.
It is a WEED!!!
Please discard it before it blooms or soon you will have it all arond !!!!!!
It belongs to the cabbage family and the name is Cardamine bonariensis, or Cardamine flaccida subspecies bonariensis
(you can look for more information on google)
What happened is that its seed capsule "explodes" and sends the small seeds everywhere, and some falled just inside the open fruits of S. bullata and Cubitanthus alatus before I had harvested them. As they are very, very small, I didnīt noticed it and they found a way to your home..
It is amazing what a weed can do to travel around the world :-)))
I am so glad I decided to send him a note instead of waiting for the plant to bloom. As pretty as it is, I don't think I want it in my yard or invading my plant stands.
It is funny. I know the micro-mini sinningia seed pods will burst and you can end up with seedlings coming up in places you wouldn't expect as I've had this happen with S. musicola and S. puscilla before but when I think about all the babying I do with my seedlings and then Mauro's panic at the thought of it making it to Michigan has had me laughing a few times. The 2 plants are no longer on my stands but I'll keep the pictures as a reminder LOL
I've ordered seed from Mauro numerous times over the years and have never had this happen but thinking about it got me back on his site and of course, that got me to place another big seed order. Can hardly wait to do it all again.