Sinningia sceptrum

Sinningia sceptrum

  1. Tuber position
  2. Dew on the leaves
  3. Feature table
  4. External link
  5. Publication and etymology

This is one of the tall sinningias.  It prefers quite a bit of sunlight.

This picture was taken in September 2005.

Sinningia sceptrum has a much wider range than most Sinningia species, which are confined to the Atlantic forests and mountains of Brazil.  The Smithsonian's Gesneriad Checklist showed that this species is also found in Peru and Ecuador.

Tuber Position

When grown from seed, the plant positions its tuber well down into the soil.  This indicates that the tuber should be planted beneath the soil line, which is typical of most sinningias which grow in full sun.  I have not seen this plant growing in the wild, but I suspect that it grows in clumps of several plants, with the tall stems supporting one another, since that is how S. curtiflora and S. elatior grow.

Morning dew

Sinningia sceptrum

Dew in the morning on two shoots of Sinningia sceptrum, May 2006.  The dew collects on the points of the leaves.

Feature table for Sinningia sceptrum

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Upright stem
Leaves Green, opposite or in whorls of three
Dormancy Stems deciduous. Dormancy appears to be obligate


Inflorescence extended axis
Season Blooms in late summer
Flower Pale red, tubular

Horticultural aspects

From seed Two years to bloom, under my conditions
Hardiness Has survived 30 F (-1 C) in my back yard.
Recommended? Yes and no.  It is sturdy and relatively easy to grow, but its flowers are nothing special.


Taxonomic group The mixed-up group of the Corytholoma clade.

External Link

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


by Martius (1829) as Gesnera sceptrum
by Wiehler (1975) as Sinningia sceptrum.

Etymology: Latin sceptrum ("scepter").