African Violet
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African Violet
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: African Violet
Botanical name: Streptocarpus ionanthus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Petrocosmea ionantha, Saintpaulia ionantha

African Violet is an evergreen, rosette-forming, perennial herb, up to 10 cm tall. The almost round, fleshy, hairy leaves up to 8cm long are green above and often reddish-green below and have long stalks. Two to eight violet-blue, tubular flowers up to 2.5cm across are held in loose clusters above the foliage all year-round. There are many subspecies, varieties and cultivars, available in as garden plants. African Violet is native to Kenya and Tanzania, cultivated worldwide.

Identification credit: Tabish, Nandan Kalbag Photographed in cultivation in Delhi.

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