Sinningia bragae

Exhibited at the 2017 convention of the Gesneriad Society. This plant was known as Sinningia sp. “Ibitioca” (from its collection location) for many years, until it was officially published.  It is closely related to Sinningia aghensis, with which it


Sinningia bullata

This species is remarkable for the thick white wool on the back of new leaves and on the tips of new shoots, as well as for its “bullate” (bumpy or pebbly) leaves and its beautifully contrasting red flowers. It has begun to be widely used in


Sinningia cardinalis

S. cardinalis is a popular species, which produces brilliant red hooded flowers against attractive downy bright-green leaves. Like all Sinningias, it grows from tubers and has a period of dormancy after growth and flowering. The specimen above is a compact form of the species.


Sinningia concinna

Sinningia concinna is one of the “micro” species of Sinningia.   A plant may have one or more crowns, but each crown is usually less that 5 cm [2 inches] in diameter.  The species is prized for its beautifully spotted flowers and nicely


Sinningia defoliata

For the first year of its life, a seedling of this species has a normal-looking stem with opposite leaves.  The next year, however, after its first dormancy, only a single leaf appears.  As years go by, the plant will develop more leaves, all appearing directly from


Sinningia helleri

Sinningia helleri is the “type species” for Sinningia, in that it was the first species described under that name, in 1825. It was grown and valued for many years as a fine decorative plant suitable for greenhouses and similar environments, but


Sinningia leucotricha

Sinningia leucotricha has had a confusing recent taxonomic history. Material in cultivation was known under this name for some time, before it was understood to be properly a different species, S. canescens. After some years under this name, the “true” S.


Sinningia macropoda

This impressive species can grow to a large size, with large leaves, many flowers and an enormous partly-exposed tuber. It can also be managed as a more modest and tidier plant, to good effect. Additional photos can be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of


Sinningia piresiana

Dr. Alain Chautems, of the Geneva Botanical Garden, thinks this species is likely to be Sinningia piresiana, although this has not yet been confirmed. The plant produces a caudex-like tuber, and in general habit is similar to S.


Sinningia sellovii

This is a somewhat variable species, with flowers ranging from red through pink to white. The reddish pink shown here is perhaps the most common. The flowers typically down from an upright or diagonal stem, an unusual habit for Sinningias. There are a number of photos



Sinningia speciosa ‘Kaiser Wilhelm’

Exhibited at the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society. S. speciosa ‘Kaiser Wilhelm’ is a very old hybrid, dating to the early 20th Century or earlier. It may not have been available as a clone for long, and is more likely now the






Smithiantha cinnabarina

This is a species that has been known horticulturally for close to 200 years. It is particularly notable for it’s plush reddish leaves, as well as for its colorful flowers. Additional photos may be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the images below: A












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