noun Aph·e·lan·dra \ˌafəˈlandrə\

Definition of Aphelandra

  1. :  a genus of tropical American plants (family Acanthaceae) having quadrangular spikes of red 2-lipped flowers

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Origin and Etymology of aphelandra

New Latin, from Greek aphelēs simple, literally, smooth + New Latin -andra; from the one-celled anthers

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