Gesneriaceae

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Gesneriaceae

[ge‚snir·ē′ās·ē‚ē]
(botany)
A family of dicotyledonous plants in the order Scrophulariales characterized by parietal placentation, mostly opposite or whorled leaves, and a well-developed embryo.

Gesneriaceae

 

a family of dicotyledonous plants related to the figworts (Scrophulariaceae). They are mainly herbs, sometimes with thickened rhizomes, and rarely shrubs, woody lianas, and small trees. Many small Gesneriaceae are epiphytes. The blossoms are primarily large, brightly colored, bisexual, and predominantly irregular. There are over 120 genera (more than 1,800 species), chiefly in the tropics and subtropics. In the USSR there are no wild Gesneriaceae. In some species of the genus Streptocarpus, the entire subterranean portion shows only one large leaf. Many Gesneriaceae, especially Gloxinias and the Saintpaulia ionantha violet, are greenhouse and house ornamentals.

REFERENCE

Ivanina, L. I. Semeistvo gesnerievykh: Karpologicheskii obzor. Leningrad, 1967.
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Standing in his little rainforest in his sweaty T-shirt and sunbleached old shorts, Wiehler - whose stipend from the Gesneriad Foundation is all of $800 a month - cheerfully brushes aside any suggestions that his idea may seem audacious and impossible.
He had been given some rare gesneriad seeds; and when he tried to learn more about these strange new plants, he discovered that almost nothing was known about them.
He returned in April 1986, with a group of gesneriad lovers.
Wiehler will tell you gesneriads are "wonderful" and even "intelligent" plants, ingeniously adapted to their environments and fascinating from the tips of their shapely leaves to their quirky sex lives (disparate species can be bred to produce new species, and many are pollinated by only a single kind of insect out of the near-infinite number in the tropics).
Not to be outdone, gesneriads, calatheas and aroids will show off how foliage is also capable of attracting pollinators with vibrantly-colored features, anatomical variations and pigment.
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Go to the public library, Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, or Elm Bank Horticulture Center in Wellesley, for more info about these plants and other fascinating families such as the begonias and the Gesneriads.