Sinningia reitzii

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  • Previous Name: Sinningia sp. "New Zealand"
  • Photographer: Ron Myhr
  • Grown by: Allan Gardens, Toronto

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Sinningia reitzii is a variable species in both flower color and foliage characters. This specimen is an example of an early introduction, initially known as Sinningia sp. “New Zealand”, and was at least a meter tall and perhaps somewhat wider in total spread. It was photographed in the 1980s.

Some of the older and darker leaves (which have a reddish reverse) retain evidence of the juvenile foliage, which is very dark with attractive lighter veining. A closeup of the flowers shows markings on the lobes, and another illustrates the woody nature of the long stems.

A photo of a very small plant, grown as a bonsai and exhibited at the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society, can be seen here.