gesneria family


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ges•ne′ri•a fam`ily

(gɛsˈnɪər i ə, dʒɛs-)
n.
a family, Gesneriaceae, of plants with a basal rosette of leaves and tubular two-lipped flowers.
[< New Latin Gesneria a genus, after Konrad von Gesner (1516–65), Swiss naturalist; see -ia]
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Noun1.gesneria family - large family of tropical herbs or shrubs or lianas; in some classification systems placed in the order Scrophulariales
asterid dicot family - family of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
order Polemoniales, Polemoniales - Polemoniaceae; Solanaceae; Boraginaceae; Labiatae; Lentibulariaceae; Pedaliaceae; in some classifications includes the order Scrophulariales
gesneriad - any of numerous tropical or subtropical small shrubs or treelets or epiphytic vines of the family Gesneriaceae: African violet; Cape primroses; gloxinia
genus Gesneria - large genus of tropical American herbs having showy tubular flowers
genus Achimenes - genus of tropical perennial American herbs
genus Aeschynanthus - large genus of East Indian ornamental woody epiphytic plants
Alsobia, genus Alsobia - tropical American herbs sometimes included in genus Episcia
genus Columnea - genus of tropical American subshrubs and lianas
genus Episcia - genus of tropical American herbs having soft hairy foliage
genus Gloxinia - small genus of tropical American herbs with leafy stems and axillary flowers
gloxinia - any of several plants of the genera Gloxinia or Sinningia (greenhouse gloxinias) having showy bell-shaped flowers
genus Kohleria - genus of tropical American shrubs
genus Saintpaulia, Saintpaulia - east African herb with nodding flowers; widely cultivated
genus Sinningia, Sinningia - genus of perennial tuberous herbs and shrubs of Central and South America
genus Streptocarpus - large genus of usually stemless African or Asian herbs: Cape primrose