A tropical plant of a family that includes African violets, gloxinias, and their relatives.
- Family Gesneriaceae
More example sentences
- Volunteer guides roam the greenhouses ready to answer questions about rooms filled with rain forest tropical plants, blooming orchids, aroids and gesneriads.
- Their catalogue lists more than 100 streptocarpus, around 40 named saintpaulias, a host of other gesneriads, coleus and 60 begonias grown mainly for foliage.
mid 19th century: from modern Latin Gesneria (genus name), from the name of Conrad von Gesner (1516–65), Swiss naturalist, + -ad1.
Definition of gesneriad in:
- The British & World English dictionary