Definition of gunnera in English:


Pronunciation /ɡʌˈnɪərə//ˈɡʌn(ə)rə/


  • A South American plant with extremely large leaves that resemble rhubarb and which is grown as a waterside ornamental.

    Genus Gunnera, family Gunneraceae: several species, in particular G. manicata and G. tinctoria

    • ‘The big leaves of a squash plant are just as striking as the similar leaves of gunnera, a perennial much prized by lovers of bold style.’
    • ‘The banks are high with wild orchid, gunnera and water lily.’
    • ‘But one of the truly stunning sights in gardening is its forest of gunnera that towers overhead in summer.’
    • ‘Beside the barn and in front of the glass-fronted living-room extension are ponds, planted with wild, slightly bushy areas of large-leaved gunnera and flag irises, beside which simple, sensuous nudes will be placed.’
    • ‘In spring, the stars of the Secret Garden are camellias, magnolias and the lushest of bog gardens crammed with skunk lilies and gunnera.’


Modern Latin, named after Johann E. Gunnerus (1718–73), Norwegian botanist.