gloxinia


glox·in·ia

noun \gläk-ˈsi-nē-ə\

Definition of GLOXINIA

:  any of a genus (Sinningia) of tuberous herbaceous gesneriads found from Mexico to Argentina; especially :  a Brazilian plant (S. speciosa) widely cultivated for its bell-shaped or slipper-shaped flowers

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Origin of GLOXINIA

New Latin, from B. P. Gloxin 18th century German botanist
First Known Use: circa 1820

gloxinia

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the 20 plant species, native to Brazil, that make up the genus Sinningia in the gesneriad family, especially S. speciosa, an ornamental potted plant. Gloxinias produce large, erect, bell-shaped flowers in rich, velvety colours, usually violet or purple. The genus Gloxinia of the same family contains 15 species that are not cultivated.

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