Sinningia velutina

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

I have never even seen this species.

My impression is that it was long suspected to be much the same as the equally mythical Sinningia villosa, but recent collection work, like that which led to the rediscovery of Sinningia helleri, may have yielded this plant too.

On the Gesneriphiles mailing list, Alain Chautems wrote:

Yes, S. velutina is rather similar to S. guttata, but differs in degree of hair cover, leaf shape and absence of dots in the corolla. That is the reason why I did not synonymize velutina with S. guttata. I hoped all those years to find some wild material that match the original illustrations (as we know of the recent rediscovery of S. helleri and s. gesneriifolia, this can happen!).... so my choice is to keep this name S. velutina until further evidence are found!

Feature table for Sinningia velutina

Plant Description



Season Beats me

Horticultural aspects



Taxonomic group The speciosa group in the Sinningia clade.

External Link

Mauro Peixoto's Brazilian Plants site does not yet have a page for this species.


Lindley, 1827.

Etymology: Latin velutina, from same root as "velvet".