Gesneriaceae, the African violet family, is a family of flowering plants consisting of about 152 genera and ca. 3,540 species in the Old World (most Cyrtandroideae) and New World (Gesnerioideae) tropics and subtropics, with a very small number extending to temperate areas. Many species have colorful and showy flowers and are cultivated as ornamental plants.
The family name is based on the genus Gesneria, which honours Swiss naturalist and humanist Conrad Gessner.
Most species are herbaceous perennials ...
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