- any of various plants, vines, or shrubs belonging to the genus Thunbergia, of the acanthus family, native to Africa and southern Asia, having variously colored flowers and often cultivated as ornamentals in warm regions.
Origin of thunbergia
1835–45; < New Latin, named after Carl P. Thunberg (1743–1822), Swedish botanist; see -ia
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- any plant of the typically climbing tropical genus Thunbergia such as black-eyed Susan: family Acanthaceae
Word Origin for thunbergia
named after K. P. Thunberg (1743–1822), Swedish traveller and botanist
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