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glox·in·i·a

 (glŏk-sĭn′ē-ə)
n.
Any of several tropical South American plants of the genus Sinningia, especially S. speciosa, cultivated as a houseplant for its showy, variously colored flowers.

[New Latin Gloxinia, name of genus in which S. speciosa was originally classified, after Benjamin Peter Gloxin, 18th-century German botanist.]

gloxinia

(ɡlɒkˈsɪnɪə)
n
(Plants) any of several tropical plants of the genus Sinningia, esp the South American S. speciosa, cultivated for its large white, red, or purple bell-shaped flowers: family Gesneriaceae
[C19: named after Benjamin P. Gloxin, 18th-century German physician and botanist who first described it]

glox•in•i•a

(glɒkˈsɪn i ə)

n., pl. -i•as.
a cultivated tropical plant, Sinningia speciosa, of the gesneria family, with hairy leaves and bell-shaped flowers.
[1815–25; after Benjamin P. Gloxin (flourished 1785), German physician and botanist; see -ia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gloxinia - any of several plants of the genera Gloxinia or Sinningia (greenhouse gloxinias) having showy bell-shaped flowersgloxinia - any of several plants of the genera Gloxinia or Sinningia (greenhouse gloxinias) having showy bell-shaped flowers
family Gesneriaceae, gesneria family, Gesneriaceae - large family of tropical herbs or shrubs or lianas; in some classification systems placed in the order Scrophulariales
Canterbury bell, Gloxinia perennis - herb of Colombia to Peru having pale purple flowers
florist's gloxinia, Gloxinia spesiosa, Sinningia speciosa - South American herb cultivated in many varieties as a houseplant for its large handsome leaves and large variously colored bell-shaped flowers
houseplant - any of a variety of plants grown indoors for decorative purposes
Translations

gloxinia

[glɒkˈsɪnɪə] Ngloxínea f
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If he did, these domestic activities were privately performed, and he presented to the world the appearance of a careless and hospitable millionaire strolling into his own drawing-room with the detachment of an invited guest, and saying: "My wife's gloxinias are a marvel, aren't they?
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Plan ahead and pot up a few gloxinia and begonia tubers now for colour this summer.
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This rule applies to stored fruit and vegetables, gladioli corms, begonia, gloxinia and dahlia tubers, lily bulbs, chrysanthemum crowns and dry stored pelargoniums and fuchsias.
To keep plants like cineraria, Easter cactus, Easter lily, gloxinia, kalanchoe, and Rieger begonia blooming longer indoors, set them in a cool, bright location away from drafts.
9 Begin to dry off summer-flowering corms such as gloxinia and begonias, reducing the watering first.
Plant Begonia, Canna and Gloxinia bulbs this month.
THE ancestors of the gloxinia are found hanging from the damp cliff faces in Brazil but only carry small violet flowers and large hairy leaves and as such are quite different to the splendid specimens we can buy as houseplants.