Sinningia muscicola x conspicua

rio x conspicua

Jim Steuerlein did this cross between a micro species (Sinningia muscicola, formerly S. "Rio das Pedras") and a compact species with scented cream-colored flowers (Sinningia conspicua).  Except as noted, the plants and photographs on this page are his.

The above picture shows a closeup of the flower, which displays the markings I have come to expect of conspicua hybrids.  These markings can be seen in the S. conspicua flower picture at the right.  My crosses of S. conspicua with S. 'Peninsula Belle' have the same sort of markings in the throat even though the flowers themselves are quite different.

With a length of about 3 cm, the flower of this cross is larger than that of S. sp. "Rio das Pedras", but smaller than that of S. conspicua (to the right, my picture of my plant).  The scooped flower shape also shows a strong conspicua influence.

S. conspicua flower

rio x conspicua

The Whole Plant

This picture shows the whole plant, which is not a miniature as we might expect, but an upright grower with a definite stem and well-spaced internodes.

The plant has a wiry reddish stem with prominent hairs.  My plants of S. sp. "Rio das Pedras" have slender, mostly green stems, while S. conspicua stems (and particularly the petioles) do show some red.


rio x conspicua

Flowering pattern

This picture shows that the plant has one flower per axil, a trait of both parents.  This isn't a liability if the plant has lots of axils!

Jim says he is going to name this hybrid "Toad Hall".


Feature table for Sinningia 'Toad Hall'

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Upright, with sturdy, thin, dark-red stem.
Leaves Dark green, to 10 cm long.  Reverse red.
Dormancy Mine has not gone dormant yet.

Flowering

Inflorescence One flower per axil.
Season Blooms intermittently
Flower Lavender/white, tubular, with 60-degree bend in the middle.  Corolla tube exterior has lavender tinge on outside top.  Lower half of corolla tube interior has narrow purple stripes on yellow background.

Horticultural aspects

Hardiness No data yet, but not likely to be cold-tolerant.
Propagation Cuttings only -- plant is sterile.