Image: Gloxinia


Gloxinia, common name for a species of herb of the figwort family, which also contains the African violet. Gloxinia, native to tropical Brazil, has large, downy leaves with conspicuous veins. The showy bell-shaped flowers have solid, marbled, or spotted corollas of purple, violet, pale red, or white. The leaves grow in a rosette just above the ground, and the flowering stems rise from the center of the rosette to a height of up to 25 cm (10 in).

"`Scientific classification:"` Gloxinia

"`Scientific classification:"` Gloxinia belongs to the family Gesneriaceae. It is classified as "Sinningia speciosa," formerly "Gloxinia speciosa."

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