Gardeners' Chronicle, ser. 3, 41: 342 (June 1, 1907)


THIS most charming Gesnerad is uncommon. It was introduced to the Garden of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1826, and was figured as S. velutina in the Botanical Magazine, tab. 4212. In that work it is said to be the handsomest of the genus Sinningia, but in this statement the garden Gloxinia, now a Sinningia, was not taken into account. Though not so showy as the Gloxinia, this species is exceedingly attractive. It is best grown in a stove, but may be used for the decoration of the greenhouse while in flower. The two or three stems, into which the plant usually breaks, are quite short, each producing half a dozen dark, olive-green leaves, ovate-oblong in shape, and the finest nearly 1 foot long. The flowers open at any one time may number up to nearly two dozen on the same plant. The calyces are reddish in colour, the corollas, which measure over an inch across the mouth, are creamy-white, contrasting well with the dark green of the leaves. The plant is a native of Brazil, and our illustration at fig. 143 has been reproduced from a photograph taken of the smallest among a number of plants which flowered during the spring in the Cambridge Botanical Garden. The seeds were received from the Botanic Garden of Prague. R. Irwin Lynch.

[A new species (Sinningia Regina) having lilac-coloured flowers, was illustrated in these pages on Sept. 17, 1904, p. 201.—ED.]