gentian family

gentian family
the plant family Gentianaceae, typified by herbaceous plants having simple opposite leaves, usually blue flowers with five united petals, and fruit in the form of a capsule, and including the closed gentian, fringed gentian, centaury, exacum, and marsh pink.

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Family Gentianaceae (order Gentianales), composed of some 1,100 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants and, rarely, shrubs, native mostly to northern temperate regions.

The four or five united petals that make up the flower may be deeply divided; they overlap and are twisted in the bud. Some species are used in herbal remedies and in the making of dyes. Several species of gentians (genus Gentiana) bear attractive flowers and are cultivated as garden ornamentals. Gentians occur widely in moist meadows and woods.

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  • family Gentianaceae — noun chiefly herbaceous plants with showy flowers; some are cultivated as ornamentals • Syn: ↑Gentianaceae, ↑gentian family • Hypernyms: ↑dicot family, ↑magnoliopsid family • Member Holonyms: ↑Gentianales, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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