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Sinningia speciosa ‘Rubra-splendens’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern. This cultivar is not listed in Sinningia Register Appendix of extinct cultivar names.  I have found no specific description but it is likely to be very similar to, or identical with, Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern var. rubra, which see.  The latter was figured in the Floricultural Cabinet in 1841.  That illustration is given here [FC p.98/1841].  Rubra was introduced to Philadelphia from Brazil and may be a naturally occurring colour form.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Seed ordered from Warner & Warner, Seedsmen and Florists, Cornhill, on 12th April 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.131].  This is the only reference.


Published Sep 09, 2009 - 02:13 PM | Last updated Aug 17, 2011 - 04:47 PM

Figured is a slipper gloxinia with red flowers and red and yellow tropaeolum.  Floricultural Cabinet p.98, 1841.

Sinningia speciosa ‘Rubra’ | FC p.98/1841 as Gloxinia rubra | RBGS.  The variety rubra-splendens was probably quite similar to this.


Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin, but possibly Brazil

  • Gloxinia rubra-splendens Hort.


Common Name

Gloxinia, Slipper gloxinia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia rubra-splendens


Confidence level low