Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of tropical or subtropical American shrubs, founded by Jacquin in 1763, belonging to the natural order Rubiaceæ, and type of tribe Hamelieæ, having a 5-lobed calyx, 5-ribbed corolla with stamens inserted at the base of its tube, a fusiform stigma, and the flowers arranged in scorpioid cymes. The genus embraces 6 or 8 species, several of which, especially H. patens, have handsome flowers, and are in cultivation as stove-plants. H. ventricosa, a native of Jamaica, is there called
- n. any of several flowering tropical or subtropical shrubs of the genus Hamelia
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