Exhibited at the 2016 Gesneriad Society convention.
Sinningia araneosa is an attractive species with silvery hairs on leaves and flower buds. The orange-red flowers have an overhanging lip comprised of the upper two corolla lobes. This lip is considerably shorter than the “galea” of (for instance) Sinningia cardinalis.
The amount of hairiness varies. It can depend on the plant itself and on growing conditions. Stronger light (including direct sunlight) can promote hair growth. This is typical of plants that grow in strong light and warm conditions, that need to protect against transpiration and dehydration.
A related species, which is taller and not quite as hairy, is Sinningia valsuganensis.
Other photos of this species can be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the links below.
- A flower close-up, nicely illustrating the general hairiness of the species
- A plant with a nice balance of foliage and flowers
- A small show plant
- A larger show plant with few blooms
- A plant growing in nature in Brazil