gesneriad

gesneriad

[ges-neer-ee-ad, jes-]
noun
any of various, chiefly tropical plants of the gesneria family.

Origin:
1880–85; < Neo-Latin Gesneri(a) a genus name (after K. von Gesner; see -ia) + -ad1

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gesneriad

noun
any of numerous tropical or subtropical small shrubs or treelets or epiphytic vines of the family Gesneriaceae: African violet; Cape primroses; gloxinia 
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