Sinningia speciosa 'Domingos Martins'

Domingos martins

"Domingos Martins"

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A variety of the Regina type is S. speciosa "Domingos Martins".  This has dark green leaves with light green veins, a little reminiscent of Gloxinella lindeniana.  Even though these pictures don't show it, the flowers are purple.  (I couldn't photoshop the colors from this blue to the real purple without mangling other aspects of the picture, so you'll have to use your imagination.  The flowers are purple.)

The flowers are ordinarily of the slipper type.

Domingos martins

However, S. speciosa seems to have a built-in inclination to make peloric flowers, and S. "Domingos Martins" is no exception.  Here is a picture of a peloric flower, which can be seen on the above picture as well, in side view.

Feature table for Sinningia speciosa 'Domingos Martins'

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Short stems with opposite leaves
Leaves Large, dark green, with white or light green midrib, veins
Dormancy Completely deciduous.  Dormancy is obligate.


Inflorescence (often one-flowered) axillary cymes
Season Flowers in summer
Flower Bell-shaped, bluish-purple.

Horticultural aspects

Hardiness Not yet tested.
Propagation Easy, from stem cuttings, with high success rate.
Recommended? A qualified yes.  I do not have good luck keeping S. speciosa alive, and this variety is no exception.  At this point [October 2011], I no longer have any surviving plants.  If you have good results with other plants of S. speciosa, you should try this one.  The foliage is very attractive.


Taxonomic group The speciosa group in the Sinningia clade.