1. Family: Colchicaceae DC.
    1. Androcymbium Willd.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Macaronesia, Medit. to S. Africa, Yemen.

    [FTEA]

    Colchicaceae, Kim Hoenselaar. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Habit
    Plants relatively small, with a tunicated, bulb-like corm
    Stem
    Stem erect, almost absent, simple; lowermost leaf a membranous, sheathing, tubular cataphyll, not protracted into a leaf-blade, followed by a few leaves, which are basally sheathing
    Leaves
    Leaves narrowly elliptic to linear
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a bracteate umbel; pedicel short, erect
    Flowers
    Flowers small and inconspicuous, overtopped by large petal-like bracts; perianth segments free, with narrow connivent claws and spreading narrow blades, concave and nectariferous at the base
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at the base of the perianth segments; filaments filiform, thickened towards the base; anthers narrowly oblong, dorsifixed, slightly versatile, dehiscing latrorsely to introrsely by longitudinal slits
    Pistil
    Ovary ellipsoid-ovoid; styles 3, erect, free, filiform, stigmatose at the apex, persistent
    Fruits
    Capsule ellipsoid, septicidal, coriaceous; seeds subglobose.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, Kriti, KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Northern Provinces, Palestine, Sinai, Somalia, Spain, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Androcymbium Willd. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Mag. Neuesten Entdeck. Gesammten Naturk. Ges. Naturf. Freunde Berlin 2: 21 (1808)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Nordenstam in Kubitzki, Fam. & Gen. Vasc. Pl. 3: 182 (1998)
    • K. Krause in N.B.G.B. 7: 512 (1921)
    • in F.T.A. 7: 559 (1898)
    • Baker in J.L.S. 17 (103): 441–446 (1879)
    • in Ges. Naturf. Fr. Berlin Mag. 2: 21, t. 2 (1808)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    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