cape-primrose

Cape primrose

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streptocarpus

[strep-tuh-kahr-puhs]
noun
any of various plants belonging to the genus Streptocarpus, of the gesneria family, native to Africa and Asia, having showy white, pink, or purplish flowers and often cultivated as a houseplant.
Also called Cape primrose.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1828); see strepto-, -carpous; so named in reference to the tight spirals formed by the ruptured seed capsules

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Cape primrose
 
n
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streptocarpus (ˌstrɛptəˈkɑːpəs)
 
n
any plant of the typically stemless subtropical perennial genus Streptocarpus, some species of which are grown as greenhouse plants for their tubular flowers in a range of bright colours: family Gesneriaceae
 
[New Latin, from Greek streptos twisted + karpos fruit (from the shape of the capsule)]

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