Interestingly, according to Wikipedia,
The species violets are endangered ...
"Saintpaulias, commonly known as African violets, are a genus of 6Ã¯Â¿Â½20 species of herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the family Gesneriaceae, native to Tanzania and adjacent southeastern Kenya in eastern tropical Africa. Typically the African violet is a common household indoor plant but can also be an outdoor plant. Several of the species and subspecies are endangered, and many more are threatened, due to their native cloud forest habitats being cleared for agriculture."
This year, Optimara is offering at least one species
plant. Other growers are, also, I just can't recall which