Sinningia sp. "Ibitioca" and S. aghensis

S. aghensis and S. sp. "Ibitioca", with their purple bell-shaped flowers and tall flowerstalks, bear a distinct resemblance to one another.  Pictures and a table on this page compare the two species.

Flowers

Left: Sinningia sp. "Ibitioca"
Right: Sinningia aghensis

"Ibitioca" flowers are larger, and the outside of the tube is glossier.

Flowers




Top: S. aghensis
Bottom: S. sp. "Ibitioca"


Comparison table

Attribute Sinn. sp. "Ibitioca" Sinn. aghensis
Flower color Purple
Flower shape Bell-shaped
Flower size 3-4 cm
Leaf back Plain green Reddish
Inflorescence type Axillary cymes Peduncle (a cyme), either terminal or axillary
Peduncle height 15-20 cm 30+ cm
Tuber multi-lobed with runners Single "bagel"
Seedlings See a comparison below


In addition to the similarity of their blooms, these two species have another property in common, which can be seen from these pictures.

The picture to the left shows a seedling of S. sp. "Ibitioca".  Note the dark leaves.  The leaves on a mature plant are an ordinary green.




Seedlings of S. aghensis

The picture below shows gesneriad seedlings.  The pot on the left contains a number of seedlings of S. aghensis.  This species too has lustrous dark leaves when young.  A mature plant has green leaves, although the green is darker than that of S. sp. "Ibitioca".  The other two seedlings in the picture are another gesneriad which exhibits a similar difference between juvenile and adult foliage, Corytoplectus congestus.