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Taxon Family
Origin of Taxon
Brazil Southeast
Growth Habit
Clumping, Tuberous
Rest Period
Sporadic - Partial to full foliage die back and dormancy.


This delightful Gesneriad is a dream come true for miniature plant collectors. Categorized as a micro-miniature, the truly diminutive size of this species becomes apparent when seen next to a recognizable object such as a coin. Its tiny size, in combination with its preference for high humidity and warm temperatures, makes this plant very ideal for terrarium culture.

For an example of Sinningia pusilla in a terrarium, see my Streambank Pano terrarium, featured in the photos section on this page, as well as in my portfolio.

Foliage & Growth Habit

Sinningia pusilla leaves are about ¼” to ½” long, barely crenate margin, medium to dark green, occasionally with purple or blue cast in dim light, with contrasting darker primary veins, papillose and covered in many minute trichomes. Leaf petiole is generally ¼” to ½” long, in proportion to leaf size. Individual plants  ¼” to ½” tall, up to a maximum of 2″ across. This tuberous species may form dense, compact, many-leafed clumps of multiple plants.


Flowers of Sinningia pusilla are about ¾” long, ½” wide at the petals, varying shades of violet, whitish throat. Flower stems very thin (1mm), hairy, about 1.5″ long, semi-erect.

Culture info


Sinningia pusilla often grows on boulders in the wild, and other surfaces where moss and forest detritus may collect and decompose, providing a moist, acidic, but well-drained condition. Therefore, a moist but well drained mix is best, with an acidic pH. Some ingredients to consider are peat moss, fine bark, perlite, pumice, Monto Clay (“turface”), Seachem Flourite, and so on.

You can browse the substrates list on my Amazon page to see some of the substrates that I use for my plants and terrariums, as well as the substrate recipes page for info and ideas.


Keep Sinningia pusilla moist, but not too wet. Pure water is recommended. If the plants go dormant, water can be reduced slightly, allowing them to naturally sustain themselves from their tubers, until they are ready to resume growth, at which point water can be increased again.


High humidity is best, in line with their jungle habitat


Intermediate to warm temperatures are ideal.


Sinningia pusilla is most attractive in low to medium light environments, and can be found in surprisingly dim locations in the wild.

By the way, I have a video that shows and discusses the lights I use for my plants, as well as a tutorial series for how to set up a grow rack.


This species naturally grows on boulder faces, and other open areas, where some air movement would probably be present. Air movement is not imperative, but in my experience it seems very beneficial in reducing the chance of rot and melting, and has significantly improved the overall health and vigor of my Sinningia pusilla specimens.


Osmocote Plus, or liquid fertilizers diluted to ¼ or ½ strength.

See my plant fertilization video for more info, or pick up some of my recommended fertilizers on Amazon.


Seed – Sinningia pusilla will self-seed easily

Division – Carefully and gently divide tuberous clumps with a pointed but blunt object such as a dull pencil. The plants are extremely fragile and are likely to lose many of their leaves during this process. However they will bounce back quite quickly, often with renewed vigor.

Leaf cuttings – Cut leaves off with as much petiole as possible, lay on moist substrate and extremely high humidity

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