- any of several tropical American herbs of the genus Achimenes, cultivated for their showy, tubular flowers.
Origin of achimenes
< New Latin (1791), alteration of Latin achaemenis < Greek achaimenís
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Trevirana or Achimenes, and Columnea, are removed to Gesneriace.Botany for Ladies
Achimenes are stove bulbs and cannot be grown without a sufficiency of heat.
- any plant of the tropical S American tuberous-rooted perennial genus Achimenes, with showy red, blue, or white tubular flowers, some of which are grown as greenhouse plants: family Gesneriaceae
Word Origin for achimenes
from Latin achaemenis, from Greek achaimenis, a species of euphorbia
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