Saint·pau·lia | \sāntˈpȯlēə\

Definition of Saintpaulia 

: a genus of East African herbs (family Gesneriaceae) with nodding flowers having five or seven erect sepals, a nearly rotate bilabiate corolla, and two stamens — see african violet

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History and Etymology for Saintpaulia

New Latin, from Baron Walter von Saint Paul †1910 German soldier and colonial administrator in eastern Africa, its discoverer + New Latin -ia

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