Description Most species are perennial herbs or subshrubs but a few are woody shrubs or small trees. The phyllotaxy is usually opposite and decussate, but leaves have a spiral or alternate arrangement in some groups. As with other members of the Lamiales the flowers have a zygomorphic corolla whose petals are fused into a tube and there is no one character that separates a gesneriad from any other member of Lamiales. Gesneriads differ from related families of the Lamiales in having an unusual inflorescence structure, the 'pair-flowered cyme', but some gesneriads lack this characteristic, and some other Lamiales share it.
Mark Wilson, West Bromwich Member Since February 2008 Artist Statement I am a keen amateur photographer and have been since my first real camera, a Pentax ME Super that I had for my 18th birthday. That was a few years, and many cameras ago, and I now own a Fujifilm S6500fd, which is a SLR-type digital camera.
I have a Pro account on Flickr, where many of my photographs have made it into their top 500 ‘interestingness’ pictures of the day.
I am married and have a 10 year old son who is also a keen photographer.