crossandra

crossandra

[kruh-san-druh, -sahn-, kraw-]
noun
any of several plants of the genus Crossandra, native to Africa and Asia, especially C. infundibuliformis, having glossy leaves and red-orange flowers and sometimes cultivated as a houseplant.
Also called firecracker flower.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1806) < Greek kross() tassels, fringe + -andra, feminine of -andros, adj. derivative of anḗr man, male; hence, “having a fringed stamen”

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crossandra (krɒˈsɑːndrə)
 
n
any shrub of the free-flowering mostly African genus Crossandra, grown in greenhouses for their large yellow, lilac, or orange flowers: family Acanthaceae
 
[New Latin, from Greek krossos fringed + andros, genitive of anēr man, male (from the fringed anthers)]

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