from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A large genus of ornamental herbaceous or shrubby plants, natural order Scrophulariaceæ, natives of the western side of America, from the Strait of Magellan to Mexico.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) A genus of showy herbaceous or shrubby plants, brought from South America; slipperwort. It has a yellow or purple flower, often spotted or striped, the shape of which suggests its name.
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- noun any garden plant of the genus Calceolaria having flowers with large inflated slipper-shaped lower lip
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The wet puna also includes small mountain chains with microclimates, where some of the following species are found: Satureja boliviensis, Calceolaria spp.,
Suppression of the upper lip in such flowers as _Calceolaria_ has been termed by Morren "apilary."
_Calceolaria_ it is the central terminal flower which is usually peloriated; on the other hand, in _Linaria_ and _Antirrhinum_ the lower flowers, or those on the secondary branches, are quite as often affected as the primary ones.
This is also obvious in peloric flowers of the _Calceolaria_.
Calceolaria as the Star Cineraria does to the Florist's Cineraria.
I have seen in a _Calceolaria_ a single calyx, with the ordinary number of sepals, enclosing two corollas, adherent simply by their upper lips, and containing stamens and pistils in the usual way.
In hot seasons and on dry soils this proves an admirable substitute for the Calceolaria, which does not thrive when short of food, whereas the Tagetes bears drought, the shade of trees, and a poor soil with patience, and up to a certain point with advantage.
It is notorious in how complicated a manner the species of Pelargonium, Fuchsia, Calceolaria, Petunia, Rhododendron, &c., have been crossed, yet many of these hybrids seed freely.
For instance, Herbert asserts that a hybrid from Calceolaria integrifolia and plantaginea, species most widely dissimilar in general habit, reproduces itself as perfectly as if it had been a natural species from the mountains of Chili.
All the varied species of Calceolaria, however different in appearance, intermix with the greatest readiness, and the hybrids are all more or less fertile.