One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A South American plant that has extremely large leaves resembling rhubarb and that is grown as a waterside ornamental.
Genus Gunnera, family Gunneraceae: several species, in particular G. manicata and G. tinctoria
- ‘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.’
- ‘But one of the truly stunning sights in gardening is its forest of gunnera that towers overhead in summer.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In spring, the stars of the Secret Garden are camellias, magnolias and the lushest of bog gardens crammed with skunk lilies and gunnera.’
- ‘The banks are high with wild orchid, gunnera and water lily.’
Modern Latin, named after Johann E. Gunnerus (1718–73), Norwegian botanist.
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