New classification of Species of genus Saintpaulia

 

Other changes are expected in the coming months on this new classification. It appears that some would put the Saintpaulia under the genus Streptocarpus. Even deeper molecular DNA studies have been done recently. But nothing says that the current structure will change. It seems that only the termination of certain names change (Ex. ionanthus instead ionantha). But the last word goes to the AVSA. Once I have more information about it, I'll keep you posted.

 

For several years, we estimated the number of species of the genus Saintpaulia to be about twenty. Recently, DNA studies on these plants were made and that research led to an entirely new classification adopted in January 2009. There are now 9 species (8 subspecies with 2 varieties) 69 clones for a total of 78 plants.

 

There are two collections in the list from which certain plants. Uppsala Collection from the University in Sweden, and the Mather Collection in honor of Mrs. Silva Mather.


The new list now has:

9 species, 8 subspecies including 2 varieties and 69 clones

1.  S. inconspicua

2.  S. pusilla

3.  S. shumensis

shumensis

shumensis Mather EE

shumensis Uppsala 3048

4.  S. teitensis

5.  S. ionantha

5a. subspecies grandifolia

grandifolia No 237

grandifolia No 299

grandifolia Uppsala 3486

5b. subspecies grotei

amaniensis

confusa

confusa Mather Brother Paddy

confusa Mather E

confusa Uppsala 3395

difficilis

difficilis Mather No 2

difficilis Uppsala 3396

grotei

grotei Amazon

grotei Cornell G149

grotei Mather No 7

grotei Mather No 21

grotei Mather V

grotei Protzen or Uppsala 3091

grotei Silvert

grotei sport

magungensis

magungensis Uppsala 3082

magungensis Uppsala 3086

magungensis var. minima

5c. subspecies ionantha

1.  variety ionantha

ionantha

ionantha Amazon

ionantha 930919

kewensis

Pangani Falls

Sigi Falls

tongwensis

tongwensis Uppsala 3097

white ionantha or Mather No 20 

2.  variety diplotricha

diplotricha Parker

diplotricha Punter No 0

diplotricha Punter No 6

diplotricha Punter No 7

diplotricha Uppsala 3084

diplotricha Uppsala 3085

 

Kolehmainen

5d. subspecies mafiensis

5e. subspecies occidentalis

magungensis var. occidentalis

magungensis var. occidentalis

  Mather No 12

5f. subspecies orbicularis

orbicularis

orbicularis var. purpurea

5g. subspecies pendula

intermedia

pendula

pendula Cornell G304

pendula Uppsala 3087

pendula Uppsala 3089

pendula Uppsala 3090

pendula var. kizarae

5h. subspecies velutina

velutina

velutina Amazon

velutina lite

velutina Uppsala 3166

6.  S. brevipilosa

brevipilosa Mather No 10

brevipilosa Uppsala 3044

brevipilosa Grussel or Nguru Mountain

7.  S. nitida

8.  S. rupicola

rupicola

rupicola Mather No 5

rupicola Uppsala 3167

Cha Simba

Kacharoni or Robertson

Macharia

Mwachi

9. S. goetzeana