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Gesneriaceae is a family of flowering plants consisting of ca. 150
genera and ca. 3200 species in the Old World and New World 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. Most species are perennial herbs
or subshrubs but a few are woody shrubs or small trees. The
phyllotaxy is usually opposite and decussate, but leaves have a
spiral or alternate arrangement in some groups. As with other
members of the Lamiales the flowers have a (usually) zygomorphic
corolla whose petals are fused into a tube and there is no one
character that separates a gesneriad from any other member of
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