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Gesneriads (pronounced "guess-NARE-ee-ads") are tropical plants in the plant family Gesneriaceae, a diverse group of species that range in size from a few centimeters in diameter to trees taller than a single story house. Commonly known gesneriads include African violets (Saintpaulia) and lipstick plants (Aeschynanthus). Gesneriads are often quite striking, exhibiting a wide range of growth forms, flower colors and fruit types. In all, there are over 3000 species of gesneriads found throughout the world's tropical forests.