- any of several horticultural varieties of a plant belonging to the genus Sinningia, of the gesneria family, especially S. speciosa, having large white, red, or purple bell-shaped flowers.
- any plant of the genus Gloxinia, of Central and South America, having bluish, white, or pink flowers.
Origin of gloxinia
named after Benjamin P. Gloxin (flourished 1785), German physician and botanist; see -ia
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Peloric races of Gloxinia speciosa and Antirrhinum majus, i. 365.
In Gloxinia the petals may be either regular or irregular, and the decoration changes in concert.Colouration in Animals and Plants
Sow in the manner advised for Gloxinia, and the two plants may be grown in the same house.
- any of several tropical plants of the genus Sinningia, esp the South American S. speciosa, cultivated for its large white, red, or purple bell-shaped flowers: family Gesneriaceae
C19: named after Benjamin P. Gloxin, 18th-century German physician and botanist who first described it
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