Gloxinia speciosa var Menziesii

Curtis, 1842

Now properly known as Sinningia speciosa, this is a fine illustration of a beautiful form of this variable species.  Note the spots in the throat -- could it be that this form is the ancestor of all those spotted hybrids of Sinningia speciosa?  A variety of other prints of this species can be accessed from the Antique Prints page, but the variety macrophylla is particularly striking.  Photographs of living plants can be seen here, here and here.

 

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