Definition of smithiantha in English:

smithiantha

noun

  • A small perennial rhizomatous plant of the genus Smithiantha (family Gesneriaceae), native to southern Mexico and widely cultivated as a house plant, typically having hairy, variegated leaves and clusters of red, yellow, or orange bell-shaped flowers. Also (in form Smithiantha): the genus itself.

Origin

Early 20th century. From scientific Latin Smithiantha, genus name from the name of Matilda Smith, Indian-born English botanical artist + -i- + ancient Greek ἄνθος flower (with feminine ending to conform with the gender of names it superseded; compare -a).

Pronunciation

smithiantha

/ˌsmɪθɪˈanθə/