Here some species of the genus Saintpaulia that you can find in the book Saintpaulia, history and the origins of the African violet.
Each of the species described in the book has the information you have below and complete descriptions and notes on their culture. You can also find many pictures of these species in the book.

5b. cl. difficilis

Meaning of name: difficult to classify and not difficult to grow

Distribution: on the riverbanks of the Sigi River near the East Usambara Mountains

Altitude: between 900 m and

1 500 m (2 950’ - 3 440’)

Year discovered: 1939 by P.J. Greenway

Description: 1958, B.L. Burtt

5a. cl. grandifolia 299

Meaning of name: plant with large leaves

Distribution: West Usambara Mountains, Ambangulu, Mashindei Peak

(Ref : S.T. Baatvik, March 1984,

900 m (2 925’).

Altitude: lower than 1 350 m (3 280’)

Year discovered: 1954 by W. R. Punter

Description: 1958, B.L. Burtt

5b. cl. magungensis

Meaning of name: pulled from the name of the place of it discovery

Distribution: East Usambara Mountains, near Magunga, Kwamkuyu River, and Milnga Pead (Ref : S.T. Baatvik, Nov. 1986, 920 m (2 990’). Also a synonym of S. amaniensis

Altitude: 920 m (2 990’)

Year discovered: 1950?

Description: 1950, E.P. Roberts

S. pendula “S. T. Iverson”

Meaning of name: suspended, one (that which) falls down (hangs down)

Distribution: East Usambara Mountains

Altitude: between 2 730' and 3 087’


This plant has not yet been introduced on the official list.

5c. cl. 1. Sigi Falls

Meaning of name: taken from the region of it origination

Distribution: Sigi River

Altitude: not given

Year of discovery: nothing mentioned

Description: unknown

5b. cl. grotei Protzen or Upssala 3091

Pronunciation: gro-tee-eye

Meaning of name: named after its original collector, Mr. Protzen


Reports on 5b. cl. grotei ‘Protzen’ show that it was collected in 1987, but the details on the environment and elevation were not given. The harvest was made in the East Usambara Mountains in the Muheza District in Tanzania. The collector was G.A. Protzen whose name has been often used to identify this clone.