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Sinningia speciosa ‘Caulescens Major’

Presumably a cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern. I have found no specific description of caulescens major but see Sinningia speciosa ‘Caulescens’ and Sinningia speciosa ‘Caulescens Discolor’.

Horticultural & Botanical History

no additional data.


History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.185/1850].  The Gardeners Chronicle reported that the Messrs. J. and W. McArthur exhibited at the Autumn show of the Australasian Botanical and Horticultural Society a very fine seedling Gloxinia called caulescens major [GC p.423/1849].  This suggests that it was raised by Macarthur, but it was in reality 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].  


Published Sep 04, 2009 - 05:21 PM | Last updated Aug 21, 2011 - 03:08 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin, England

  • Gloxinia caulescens Lindl. var. major


Common Name

Gloxinia, Slipper gloxinia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia caulescens major 

Confidence level medium