Vanhouttea calcarata

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

Compared to that of Vanhouttea lanata, this flower of Vanhouttea calcarata has rounder lobes and the stripes do not extend from the throat into the lobes.

Vanhouttea calcarata

This picture shows the whole plant, in a 12-inch [30-cm] pot.  It was an attractive shrubby plant, but rarely flowered under my conditions.


This picture shows a closer view of the foliage and the serration of the leaves.

Because most vanhoutteas do not bloom easily outside Brazil, we have a page showing a comparison of the leaves of four vanhouttea species.


All my plants of Vanhouttea calcarata, including a well-established plant in the ground, died in the freeze of January 2007, although several plants of V. lanata and V. brueggeri survived.  This is one of those times it is easy to look on the bright side.  Given the meager flower production in the eight years I had this species, I did not mourn its loss.

Vanhouttea calcarata

Feature table for Vanhouttea calcarata

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Shrub
Leaves Green, finely scalloped
Dormancy No tuber


Season Summer
Flower Red, funnelform

Horticultural aspects

Hardiness It survived 29 F (-1.5 C) in my yard, but defoliated completely in any frost and showed leaf damage from night temperatures in the 30s.  It was the most cold-vulnerable of the vanhoutteas in my yard
Recommended? No.


Taxonomic group In a vanhouttea subgroup of the Sinningia clade.

External link

The Brazil Plants website has a page on this species.


Antoine Charles Lemaire (1801-1871), in 1845.  Lemaire also named the cactus genus Cleistocactus (of which I have several).

Vanhouttea calcarata is the type species of Vanhouttea.

Etymology: probably has something to do with Latin calcar ("spur").  Latin calcareus ("heel") is not a good bet, because any derivatives would have retained the -re- ("calcareatus").  So we assume "spurred", but where is the spur?

[According to John Boggan, this "species was described from an aberrant flower that had a `horn' or spur on the top of the flower".]