1. Family: Colchicaceae DC.
    1. Ornithoglossum Salisb.

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Plants relatively small with a tunicated, bulb-like corm
    Stem
    Stem erect, leafy, of variable length, simple or branched, terminated by a bracteate, racemose inflorescence
    Leaves
    Leaves linear, erecto-patent, canaliculate, the base sheathing the stem Lowermost leaf a membranous, sheathing, tubular cataphyll, not protracted into a leaf-blade
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a raceme; bracts linear-lanceolate, simple, upwards successively smaller; pedicel patent, recurved apically
    Flowers
    Flowers often in dull shades and often two-colored, sometimes almost black; perianth segments free, persistent, patent or reflexed with a basal tubular or flattened claw; nectary a channel-, pouch-, or pocket-like structure in the claw or in the junction between claw and perianth segment
    Stamens
    Stamens distinct, inserted at the base of the perianth segments, filaments curved, filiform or swollen about or below the middle, anthers dorsifixed, versatile, linear-oblong, dehiscing extrorsely by longitudinal slits
    Pistil
    Ovary globose or ovoid-oblong, styles 3, free, filiform, curved or spreading, with a small capitate or oblong stigma
    Fruits
    Capsule pyriform-globose, loculicidal, coriaceous; seeds many, globose or subglobose, with a distinct raphe.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Ornithoglossum Salisb. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Parad. Lond. 1: t. 54 (1806)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in Kubitzki, Fam. & Gen. Vasc. Pl. 3: 183 (1998)
    • Nordenstam in Opera Bot. 64: 23 (1982)
    • in F.T.A. 7: 561 (1898)
    • Baker in J.L.S. 17 (103): 448–449 (1879)
    • Parad. Lond. 1, Plate 54 (1806)

    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