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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Gesneriaceae — three species of tropical rhizomatous herbs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. American genus of herbaceous plants with very handsome bell-shaped blossoms; -- named after B. P. Gloxin, a German botanist.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gosneraceous plants, low and almost stemless, with creeping rhizomes and large, nodding, bell -shaped flowers.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus; also, the garden name of tuberous-rooted plants of the genus Sinningia.
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- n. any of several plants of the genera Gloxinia or Sinningia (greenhouse gloxinias) having showy bell-shaped flowers
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The family _Gesneraceæ_ is mainly a tropical one, represented in the greenhouses by the magnificent _Gloxinia_ and _Achimenes_, but of native plants there are only a few parasitic forms destitute of chlorophyll and with small, inconspicuous flowers.
Quite as much has been done for the foliage of the Gloxinia as for its flower, and the best strains now produce grand leaves which are reflexed in such a manner as almost to hide the pot, so that the foliage presents an extremely ornamental appearance.
= = Bulbs in store = =, such as Begonia, Dahlia, Gladiolus, and Gloxinia, should be passed in review.
Gloxinia, and the two plants may be grown in the same house.
In cases where an habitually irregular flower becomes regular, the change in form is frequently associated with an alteration in direction both of the flower as a whole and, to a greater or less extent, of its individual members, for instance of _Gloxinia_, the normal flowers of which are irregular and pendent, there is now in common cultivation a peloriate race in which the flowers are regular in form and erect in position.
Supernumerary petaloid segments in flower of _Gloxinia_ 451 214.
Fig. 108 shows the usual irregular form of _Gloxinia_, with which may be contrasted figs. 109, 110 and 111.
-- "Catacorolla" of _Gloxinia_, formed from the union of adventitious petalodes on the outside of the true corolla
The Gloxinia affords an instance of regular congenital peloria in which the regularity of form and the erect direction are due to an arrest, not of growth, but of development, in consequence of which the changes that ordinarily ensue during the progress of the flower from its juvenile to its fully formed condition do not take place.
_ _Hoya_, _Gesnera_, _Gloxinia_, &c. = Formation of buds in the pith.