gesneria-family

gesneria family

[ges-neer-ee-uh, jes-]
noun
the plant family Gesneriaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants having a basal rosette of usually toothed leaves, tubular two-lipped flowers, and fruit in the form of a berry or capsule, and including the African violet, gloxinia, and streptocarpus.

Origin:
see gesneriad

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gesneria family

noun
large family of tropical herbs or shrubs or lianas; in some classification systems placed in the order Scrophulariales [syn: Gesneriaceae
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