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African Violets and Gesneriads: mystery sinningia

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ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2012
7:44 AM

Post #9290862

Yesterday I saw a lovely and unusual, to me, sininnngia. The deep burgundy leaves were large, wide and the tips were pointy rather than the more rounded ones and they had the typical quilted texture. The flowers were clusters of yellow and orange and they were quite striking against the dark leaves. I neglected to get a picture and the person who had the plant only knew it was a sinningia that had come from Florida.

Any ideas on an ID for this? I have searched PF and google images.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2012
10:50 AM

Post #9291016

I don't think it was a Sinningia,because of the flower color.Could it be a name close to that?
Lynn
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2012
10:57 AM

Post #9291026

Maybe a Smithiantha? The blooms sound like a Chrysothemis like 'Black Flamingo'.but the leaves don't sound right.

This message was edited Sep 30, 2012 12:21 PM
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2012
12:23 PM

Post #9291104

From checking the pictures, the Chrysothemis appears to be a closer match but the leaves on the one I saw were a much deeper red. I will try and get a photo next week, it is a truly neat plant.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2012
12:31 PM

Post #9291114

I would love to see it.I am intrigued.

Yellow is extremely rare in Sinningia.

Lynn
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

September 30, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9291245

If I can get a picture, I'll post it, this was an unusual plant.
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2012
9:33 AM

Post #9292165

I asked Thad Scaggs,because he hybridizes Gesneriads,including Sinningia and he lives in Florida.His best guess is a Chrysothemis.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

October 6, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9297486

You were correct - it is surely a Chrysothemis. In the bright sun the leaves on this one are a deep red, in a shady situation they are less red and have more of a greenish cast to them.

This message was edited Oct 6, 2012 11:41 AM

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aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 6, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #9297565

That is one gorgeous plant!! Very well grown :)

Connie
lbrabec
(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9297569

It is just beautiful! I have one but it sure doesn't look anything like that.
Lynn
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 14, 2012
1:36 PM

Post #9304934

It is botanically known as Chrysothemis sp 'Black Flamingo' 


http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=8770717#b

I have several of these and they are just stunning!
aspenjocop
Northeast, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 14, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9304998

Yes they are stunning and so is your pic Kay!! Very nice!! You need to d-mail me and tell me about that one and your other "several" (grin)

Connie
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

October 14, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9305010

Connie, just dmail me and ask what you want to know!

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