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Any of various bushy or trailing tropical American plants of the genus Columnea, grown indoors for their showy colorful tubular flowers.

[New Latin Columnea, genus name, after Fabius Columna, latinized name of Fabio Colonna (1567-1650?), Italian botanist.]
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(Plants) any plant belonging to the genus Columnea, a genus of flowering plants belonging to the family Gesneriaceae, with bright red, yellow, or orange tubular flowers and glossy leaves
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Noun1.columnea - tropical plant having thick hairy somewhat toothed leaves and solitary or clustered yellow to scarlet flowerscolumnea - tropical plant having thick hairy somewhat toothed leaves and solitary or clustered yellow to scarlet flowers; many cultivated for their flowers and ornamental foliage
genus Columnea - genus of tropical American subshrubs and lianas
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Early intensive sampling by Ghiesbreght is documented for the Teapa region in Tabasco including NW Chiapas as exemplified by a Flying Fish or Goldfish Plant (Neumann 1843: "Columnea Lindenii") and Heliconia aurantiaca (Lemaire 1845: 240, unnumb.
A The goldfish plant or Columnea needs bright light, moist compost (water sparingly in winter) and its leaves misted.
Columnea Midnight Lantern - a semi-trailing columnea with deep purple foliage and large orange tubular flowers which make a striking contrast.
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Alla, la longevidad promedio de las hojas varia entre 14 a 15 meses (Costus curvibracteatus, Costas malortieanus, Columnea consanguinea) y de 63 a 73 meses (Ocotea atirrensis, Naucleopsis naga, I.