Sinningia minima

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  • Photographer: Photo from de Araujo and Chautems (2015)
  • Grown by: Growing in the Serra dos Carajás mountains, in Pará State, Brazil

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This is a recently re-discovered and described species. It was found in a mountainous region of Brazil’s Pará state, well to the north of all other Sinningia species, placing it closer to the equator. It grows in the moss on iron-bearing rocks in warm and moist locations. The presence of mine-able minerals in its habitat puts it squarely at risk.

It is hard to over-state how small this species is. It typically grows to a maximum size of 2.5 cm (1″) across, with correspondingly small flowers. As is often the case with newly collected species, there is significant variation in the flower patterns. Hopefully this variation can be maintained in cultivation, without the typically drift toward a standard look.

Additional photos can be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the links below: