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What is a Gesneriad?

Written by WG on January 4th, 2008

Do you know what a Gesneriad is?

First of all, gesneriad is pronounced either “guess-NARE-ee-ad” or “jez-NARE-ee-ad”.

Secondly, gesneriads, are plants that are in the family “Gesneriaceae”, which contains over 2,500 species of plants, the best-known being the African Violet.

Most gesneriads are from tropical and subtropical regions and come in a wide variety of plant sizes, shapes, flowers and colors.

In addition to the African Violet, some of the more common gesneriads grown by hobbyists are:

Florist Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa)\

Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus)

Goldfish Plant (Nematanthus)

Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus)

Flame Violet (Episcia)

Cupid’s Bower (Achimenes)

There is an acutal Gesneriad Society which you can read more about at:

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Have a great day!


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