columnea

columnea

[kuh-luhm-nee-uh]
noun
any of various vines or shrubs of the genus Columnea, native to tropical America, that have tubular, showy, two-lipped flowers and are often cultivated as houseplants.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), equivalent to column(a), Latinized form of Fabio Colonna (1567–ca. 1640), Italian writer on plants + -ea -ea

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columnea

noun
tropical plant having thick hairy somewhat toothed leaves and solitary or clustered yellow to scarlet flowers; many cultivated for their flowers and ornamental foliage 
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