Welcome to the website of the Greater New York Gesneriad Society. We are a group of houseplant enthusiasts interested in the “Miracle Houseplants,” plants that include African Violets, Florist Gloxinias, Cape Primroses (Streptocarpus) and many other common houseplants. Download and read a recent issue of our newsletter.

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Next Meeting: Mar 21, 2015

Skype presentation on the genus Monopyle by Jeremy Keene

We are very pleased to have another notable gesneriad authority and home grower speak to us this month, this time via Skype. Jeremy is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Biology at Missouri State University and has been a gesneriad grower since he was 11 years old. His interests started with growing episcias and African Violets given to him by his great grandmother, and they progressed to mini sinningias. As he grew older, he decided to dedicate himself to the study of plants. He holds three degrees in the field of Biology, including a Master's degree on conservative genetics and a PhD in molecular evolution/systematics.

He'll be presenting on the genus Monopyle, from Central and South America, which is related to many of the plants we grow in the tribe Gloxinieae. As a result of his work, there has been a rearrangement of the various described species in this tribe, with five new genera added. He will highlight some of the name changes that will be necessary to update our knowledge of these plants. He'll also discuss the significance of his work for growers and hybridizers.

This is going to be a very informative presentation on another fascinating genus, and is another meeting that can't be missed. See you at the meeting.

We will also have our regular sale of plants propagated by our members, a judged Little Show of members' plants, a hospitality table, and usually some supplies for sale. We're a chatty group so be prepared for socializing before the meeting begins.

We meet at the LGBT Center , 208 West 13th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, in Manhattan (Subways: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 9 to 14th Street, L to 8th Avenue). Meetings are from 11:30 am to 2 pm, with the program starting at 12:30 pm. The facilities are wheelchair accessible. Our monthly meetings feature an educational program, plant sales, raffle, a judged “Little Show” and socializing. Plants, cuttings, seeds, growing supplies and advice always available.

The Greater New York Gesneriad Society is a chapter of The Gesneriad Society, formerly the American Gloxinia and Gesneriad Society.

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