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African violet:see gesneriagesneria
, common name for some members of the Gesneriaceae, a family of chiefly tropical and subtropical perennial herbs and shrubs with showy blossoms. The best-known members of the family are the African violets (most of which are hybrids of Saintpaulia ionantha
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African violet[′af·ri·kən ′vī·ə·lət]
Saintpaulia ionantha. A flowering plant typical of the family Gesneriaceae.
any of several tropical African plants of the genus Saintpaulia, esp S. ionantha, cultivated as house plants, with violet, white, or pink flowers and hairy leaves: family Gesneriaceae