Sinningia bragae

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  • Previous Name: Sinningia sp. "Ibitioca"
  • Photographer: Julie Mavity-Hudson
  • Grown by: Dave Zaitlin

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This plant was known as Sinningia sp. “Ibitioca” (from its collection location) for many years, until it was officially published.  It is closely related to Sinningia aghensis, with which it shares the campanulate (bell-shaped) flowers and tall flowerstalk holding the flowers well above the foliage.

This plant is known from only one location in Brazil, a granite quarry, which is rapidly eroding the available habitat. A compound photo combines a top view of a plant with a flower close-up.  A photo of it growing in nature shows it sharing habitat with cacti.  A side view of the flowers illustrates the elegant nature of the species; other close views of the flowers can be seen here and here. It does not have a single conventional tuber, but rather a tuber supplemented by stoloniferous fleshy roots.

Like S. aghensis, this species is not tolerant of freezing temperatures.  The tuber should be sheltered during winter.