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Sinningia speciosa, commonly known in the horticultural trade as gloxinia, is a tuberous member of the flowering plant family Gesneriaceae. The common name has persisted since its original introduction to cultivation from Brazil in 1817 as Gloxinia speciosa. The name florist's gloxinia is sometimes used to distinguish it from the rhizomatous species now included in the genus Gloxinia. Another common name is Brazilian gloxinia.[2] The plants produce large, velvety, brightly colored flowers and are popular houseplants. Cultural requirements are similar to those of African violets except that S. speciosa generally requires more light and often has a dormant period, when the tuber should be kept cool and dry until it resprouts.

Sinningia speciosa
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Gesneriaceae
Genus: Sinningia
Species:
S. speciosa
Binomial name
Sinningia speciosa
Synonyms[1]
  • Gloxinia caulescens Lindl.
  • Gloxinia discolor Kunze
  • Gloxinia diversiflora May
  • Gloxinia fyfiana Lem.
  • Gloxinia immaculata Mart. ex Hanst.
  • Gloxinia maxima Paxton
  • Gloxinia menziesiana Young ex Otto & A.Dietr.
  • Gloxinia merkii E.Otto
  • Gloxinia passinghamii Paxton
  • Gloxinia rubra Paxton
  • Gloxinia speciosa Lodd.
  • Gloxinia teuchleri Lem.
  • Ligeria caulescens (Lindl.) Decne.
  • Ligeria menziesiana (Young ex Otto & Dietr.) Hanst.
  • Ligeria speciosa (Lodd.) Decne.
  • Sinningia menziesiana (Young ex Otto & Dietr.) G. Nicholson

CultivationEdit

While generally grown indoors, its hardiness is zones 10–12.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 5 January 2017
  2. ^ "Sinningia speciosa". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  3. ^ SFGate: How to Propagate Gloxinia