Well, you did it again! Who is your contact in Ecuador? From my copy of Epling's book, I see it is the only member of the section Leucocephalae. By examining the photo, I'd say it has affinities with S. curviflora and S. littae, because of the backwards curved lower lip, and S. purpurea because of the density of the spike and the hairy calyxes. All three of these sages are in section Purpurae. How do the flower sizes compare?
I guess you are getting page 37 ready for your web site.
I don't have any contacts in Ecuador, I was given this plant a couple of years ago by Christian, I think. It is a real stunner. The flowers are much larger than those of littae, curviflora, and purpurea...just over one and a half inches. Also much wider than the others. Including the calyx, it is just under 2 inches. I have never found any seeds on this, but will keep looking!
Page 37 will hopefully appear in the summer...running out of new species!!!
I hope so too, but unlikely if the last two years are anything to go by. If it flowers this winter...no guarantee..I will try hand-pollination, not that I have ever been successful with this. I would love to share this beauty with all enthusiasts.
It is found in the province of Chimborazo. Specific locations indicated are In the forests about Pangor; on downsloping dry land near Alausi and Huataxi; at Hacienda de Licay nearby Huigra at 5000 - 5500 feet This is info from Epling's book
Well, it flowered very well again in late winter. As it has been very warm recently, have placed the plants outside in daytime. No bees around apart from bumbles, but it seems that one or two seeds are trying to form. But, a colder spell is now forecast, so I doubt if any seeds will ripen, Fingers crossed!
OK - I know it's not anything like Robin's sumptuous plant but at least it's a start!
This plant is now (early May in UK) some 1 foot high grown from a cutting taken late summer last year and overwintered in my limited light potting shed. It has now been outdoors for a few weeks.
Other cuttings similarly taken flowered earlier on overwintering shoots but this one has flowered on relatively recent shoots although the flower head is less congested. Subsequent vigorous new shoots are obviously not going to flower until perhaps the end of the year.
Incidentally, the family tree for these cuttings goes back to Robin's plant.