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Sinningia speciosa ‘Caulescens Discolor’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern. See Sinningia speciosa ‘Caulescens’ for more detail.  ‘Discolor’ means not the same colour throughout but I have found no specific description of this variety.  

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.184/1850].  Obtained from Kew Gardens, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849.  In the confirmatory list sent by Macarthur to King it is marked with an ‘o’, meaning new to the colony, but with a question mark next to the entry.  [ML A1980-3].  


Paxton's Magazine of Botany figured Gloxinia discolor, probably Gloxinia discolor Kuntze, which may be synonymous with G. caulescens discolor: ‘Apparently a hybrid, yet possibly an imported species.  It has blossomed at Messrs. Rollisson’s, and is peculiar for having the backs of the leaves richly strewed with a brownish purple or blood-coloured hue.  The blossoms are pale blue, approaching to white in the throat, and exceedingly pretty.’  [MB p.273/1842].

Published Sep 04, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Last updated Aug 21, 2011 - 05:00 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin, England

  • Gloxinia caulescens Lindl. var. discolor


Common Name

Gloxinia, Slipper gloxinia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia caulescens discolor 

Confidence level medium