Gloxinia speciosa varieties

Fitch (Floral Magazine), 1861

These are early hybrids of what we know now as Sinningia speciosa.  Note that the two red and white flowers are fully peloric (multiple lobes without the typical 2 on top and 3 on the bottom pattern of the species).  Nonetheless, they are not fully upright -- modern peloric hybrids are more nearly vertical.  This suggests that these are very early peloric forms.  A typical modern hybrid can be seen here, and earlier hybrids here.

 

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