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Runner up to Best in Show, Columnea 'Indian Feather'Welcome to The Gesneriad Society and our website. I hope that you will enjoy your visit!

If you aren’t a Gesneriad Society member, you will be able to get a sampling of what we are about by trying a free subscription to our monthly e-zine, Gleanings (sign up for Gleanings notification here), which is available to everyone – members and non-members alike. You can also view a sample issue of the Society’s journal, Gesneriads, and read about the benefits of membership to find out more about the Society. All visitors are invited to look for local chapters and events where you can meet other gesneriad enthusiasts to share plants and information. We also have an online store featuring our publications and gesneriad accessories such as shirts, hats, and pins.

Members are urged to check out our Members' Area where there are high-resolution PDF copies of our journal and other goodies. Your user ID is your member number found above your name on the journal mailing label, and your password is your last name. 

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Paul Susi, President
The Gesneriad Society

Convention 2014

The Gesneriad Society's
58th Annual Convention
DoubleTree by Hilton - Nashville Downtown
315 4th Avenue
Nashville, TN 37219 USA
July 1 - July 5
Hosted by the
Tennessee Gesneriad Society

Future Conventions

2015 – California, USA
Hosted by the San Francisco Chapter

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The Gesneriad Society must rely on its friends and supporters to ensure the Society’s strong financial footing and to help with gesneriad research.

Your donations are tax deductible, since the Society is a tax-exempt organization with an IRS section 501(c)(3) tax status for donations.

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What is a Gesneriad? 
Sinningia speciosa

The gesneriad family   (pronounced either "guess-NARE-ee-ad" or "jez-NARE-ee-ad") contains over 3,200  species of plants. Perhaps the best-known member of the gesneriad family is the African Violet. 

Most gesneriads are from tropical and subtropical regions around the world and are often found growing in humus-filled depressions or rock crevices, on humus-covered forest floors, or epiphytically on tree branches. There is a wide variety of plant sizes, shapes, leaves, flowers and colors. This is a plant family of great diversity, and many grow under the same conditions we enjoy.

In addition to the African Violet, some of the more common gesneriads grown by hobbyists are Sinningia speciosa (the Florist Gloxinia), Aeschynanthus (Lipstick Plant), Nematanthus (Goldfish Plant), Streptocarpus (Cape Primrose), Episcia (Flame Violet), Columnea (Flying Fish Plant) and Achimenes (Cupid's Bower). 

Gesneriads can provide you with blooming plants of one variety or another throughout the year, an especially welcome sight on a cold winter day. 

Many of the easiest and most beautiful plants for the home or greenhouse belong to the gesneriad family.

Achimenes 'Glory' Best New World Rhizomatous Gesneriad in Flower Achimenes 'Glory' Eileen McGrath

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Order the special edition of Selbyana

Order the new Convention 2013 DVD

Order the 2013 Gesneriad Calendar
The 2014 Gesneriad Calendar is now available to order

The Gesneriad Conservation Center of China

A New Resource for Students (external link)
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A PDF of How to Know and Grow Gesneriads 
(with appendix on Chirita name changes) 
is now available for $5. 

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Contact: Tom Bruning
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31233 Beechnut Road
Treynor, IA 51575 USA

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