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An African plant with funnel-shaped flowers which are typically pink, white, or violet, cultivated as indoor or greenhouse plants.Also called Cape primrose
- ‘Jim Ellis, an expert in growing streptocarpus has won prizes for his plants at the country's top gardening shows and has just developed a new hybrid of the flower.’
- ‘When growing indoors under controlled conditions, many streptocarpuses may bloom continuously given the proper conditions and if leaf and plant growth continues.’
- ‘I have also bred other ornamentals, including daylilies, streptocarpuses, nasturtiums, and several kinds of poppies.’
- ‘I am finding citrus every bit as addictive as the African violets and streptocarpuses.’
- ‘And, along with African violets and streptocarpuses I have chiritas, an espicia, an alsobia, sinningias and columneas.’
Modern Latin, from strepto- ‘twisted’ + Greek karpos fruit.
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