Sinningia carangolensis

  1. Feature table
  2. External link
  3. Publication and etymology

I grew this species for many years, but somehow never took a picture.  D'oh!

Truth be told, this is not the most thrilling sinningia species.  It isn't evil or anything, but fails to excite.  The orange flowers are held horizontally under the leaves, the pedicel curving down under the leaf to position the bloom in the required position.  This is interesting, but makes it harder to see and appreciate the flowers.

A vigorous plant would sometimes produce more than one flower per axil, and in this case the second flower didn't do the swan dive but remained above the leaf.

The positioning of the flowers suggested to me that it might be an epiphyte, but in his publication of this species, Alain Chautems described it as terrestrial.

My recollection is that the leaves had a mildly pleasant fragrance, but since I don't have this species any more, I can't check that.  The leaf scent and slight stickiness put this species in what I call the Mamba Group, centered on Sinningia amambayensis.

Ruth Coulson has crossed this species with S. warmingii.

Feature table for Sinningia carangolensis

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Stem erect or sprawling.
Leaves Green, hairy
Dormancy Stems fully deciduous.


Season Blooms in summer
Flower Orange, tubular, held horizontally below the leaves

Horticultural aspects

From seed 14 months to bloom, under my conditions
Hardiness Survived 34F (1 C) in my yard.
Recommended? No.  If you can live without it, live without it.


Taxonomic group The tall-or-sticky group of the Corytholoma clade.

External Link

Mauro Peixoto's Brazilian Plants site has a page about S. carangolensis.


Chautems, 1995, in Gesneriana 1(1).  The species is native to the southeast part of Minas Gerais state.

Etymology: Carangola (a city in Brazil) + -ensis ("resident of").