Sinningia valsuganensis

valsuganensis flowers
  1. Buds
  2. Feature table
  3. External link
  4. Publication and etymology
valsuganensis buds

I grew this species from seed in the late 1990s, keeping it indoors for a few years.  It flowered at least two years.  Then one year it did not come back.

In June 2011, I sowed seed from Brazil Plants, and got flowers in 2013.

The growth pattern and flowers are similar to Sinningia araneosa, with a much smaller dose of the latter's attractive silvery hairs on the foliage.

Flowerbuds with hairy and curly calyx lobes.


Feature table for Sinningia valsuganensis

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Arching stem(s)
Leaves Green, hairy, sometimes faintly sticky
Dormancy Stems fully deciduous.  Dormancy is obligate.


Inflorescence extended axis
Season Summer
Flower Red, tubular, about 4 cm long. Like S. araneosa, the corolla has a short galea.

Horticultural aspects

Hardiness Came back in 2014 after a winter with a low of 28-30 F.
Recommended? Not much. It is not as attractive as Sinningia araneosa, but easier to keep alive.


Taxonomic group First core group of the Corytholoma clade.
Hybridization To the best of my knowledge, no hybrids have been made with this species.


Chautems, 1991.

Etymology: valsugana + -ensis ("resident of").

The name refers to the place where this species was found: "Valsugana Velha", in the State of Espírito Santo, near the city of Santa Teresa, in an area of mixed vegetation, including coffee plantations and remnants of forest with some small rocky outcrops [Alain Chautems, personal communication].

External Link

See information on the valsuganensis page of Mauro Peixoto's web site.