Sinningia velutina

  1. Description
  2. Carolyn's plant
  3. Feature table
  4. External link
  5. Publication and etymology

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 [matching] 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 [is] found!


Carolyn Ripps's Plant

The plant in these two pictures was grown and photographed by Carolyn Ripps. She writes:

I planted seed from Mauro in February of 2018. In its third growing under T8 tubes, the tuber has finally flowered... Unlike the plant on Mauro's website, the flowers have no lines in the throat, but spots at the base of the corolla.

Feature table for Sinningia velutina

Plant Description



Season Beats me

Horticultural aspects



Taxonomic group The speciosa group in the Sinningia clade.

External Link

This page is the one referred to in Carolyn's note above.


Lindley, 1827.

Etymology: Latin velutina, from same root as "velvet".   Pronounced vel-OOT-in-a.