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Cape primrose

noun

streptocarpus

[strep-tuh-kahr-puh s] /ˌstrɛp təˈkɑr pəs/
noun
1.
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

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streptocarpus

/ˌstrɛptəˈkɑːpəs/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek streptos twisted + karpos fruit (from the shape of the capsule)
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