African Violets

Colin Will colin.will at
Wed Dec 3 13:38:31 EST 1997

Henk Beentje wrote:
> AppliedLab wrote:
> >
> > What scientific Family, Class, and Order does the African Violet belong to?
> This kind of question is admirably answered in Mabberley, D.J. (1989) the
> Plant Book, Cambridge Univ. Press.
> *Saintpaulia ionantha* is in the family Gesneriaceae. The
> species is originally from Tanzania, but now widespread in supermarkets.
> Henk

Molecular phylogenetic research recently carried out at the Royal
Botanic Garden Edinburgh indicates "Saintpaulia" is probably a
Streptocarpus. Contact m.moeller at for more information.

Colin Will (Chief Librarian, RBGE)

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