1. Family: Iridaceae Juss.
    1. Savannosiphon Goldblatt & Marais

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

    Iridaceae, P. Goldblatt. Flora Zambesiaca 12:4. 1993

    Habit
    Perennial herbs with small globose corms, aerial pans dying back annually; corm tunics membranous to fibrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves few, the lower 2–3 entirely sheathing (cataphylls); the foliage leaves lanceolate, slightly plicate, the lowermost basal and attached to the stem near ground level, the upper foliage leaves cauline and smaller.
    Stem
    Stem compressed and winged, unbranched.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a spike; bracts green, fairly large.
    Flowers
    Flowers white, actinomorphic, with a long perianth tube; tepals subequal, or the uppermost tepal somewhat hooded.
    Stamens
    Stamens included in the perianth tube, unilateral and pressed against the adaxial part of the tube.
    Style
    Style included in the perianth tube, filiform, 3-branched, the branches deeply divided and recurved.
    Fruits
    Capsules oblong, coriaceous, showing the outline of the seeds.
    Seeds
    Seeds several per locule, globose, hard, more or less smooth.
    [FTEA]

    Iridaceae, Peter Goldblatt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1996

    Habit
    Perennial with small globose corms with membranous to fibrous tunics
    Leaves
    Leaves few, the lower 2-3 entirely sheathing (cataphylls); foliage leaves lanceolate, lightly plicate, only the lowermost basal and attached to the stem near ground-level, upper foliage leaves cauline and smaller
    Stem
    Stem compressed and winged, unbranched
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a spike; bracts green, fairly large
    Flowers
    Flowers white, actinomorphic, with a long perianth-tube; tepals subequal or the dorsal somewhat hooded
    Stamens
    Stamens included in the tube, unilateral, pressed against the adaxial part of the tube
    Style
    Style included in the tube, filiform, 3-branched, the branches deeply divided and recurved
    Fruits
    Capsules oblong, coriaceous, showing the outline of the seeds
    Seeds
    Seeds several per locule, globose, hard, ± smooth
    Note
    Its round-based corms do not accord with the flat-based, campanulate corms with hard, often woody tunics of Lapeirousia Nevertheless, it seems most closely related to that widespread African genus. For a long time included in Lapeirousia on account of its deeply divided style-branches, the genus seems isolated taxonomically

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Savannosiphon Goldblatt & Marais appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 66: 849 (1979 publ. 1980)

    Accepted by

    • Innes, C. (1985). The World of Iridaceae: 1-407. Holly Gare International Ltd., Ashington.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 66: 849 (1979).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 66: 845-850 (1979)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0