One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical plant of a family that includes African violets, gloxinias, and their relatives.
- ‘Their catalogue lists more than 100 streptocarpus, around 40 named saintpaulias, a host of other gesneriads, coleus and 60 begonias grown mainly for foliage.’
- ‘Volunteer guides roam the greenhouses ready to answer questions about rooms filled with rain forest tropical plants, blooming orchids, aroids and gesneriads.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Gesneria (genus name), from the name of Conrad von Gesner (1516–65), Swiss naturalist, + -ad.
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