1. Family: Tecophilaeaceae Leyb.
    1. Walleria J.Kirk

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

    [FTEA]

    Tecophilaeaceae, Susan Carter. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1966

    Habit
    Tubers clustered, globose, with fibrous roots, 10–15 cm. underground
    Stem
    Stem ridged, smooth, scabrid, or armed with recurved prickles
    Leaves
    Leaves all cauline, alternate, sessile or amplexicaul, linear to ovate, the midrib on the under-surface sometimes scabrid or armed with prickles
    Flowers
    Flowers axillary, solitary; pedicels long, smooth, scabrid or prickly, erect or recurved; bracteoles rarely subtending a second flower
    Perianth
    Perianth-segments forming a very short tube; lobes spreading but after anthesis folding up to enclose the ovary
    Stamens
    Stamens all perfect; anthers linear, sometimes connivent at the tips, with an apical terminal or introrse pore; filaments filiform
    Pistil
    Ovary almost superior; ovules about 8 in each loculus; style a little longer than the stamens
    Fruits
    Capsule globose; seeds 2–3 in each cell, ovoid, dark red-brown and shiny, densely warted.
    [FZ]

    Tecophilaeaceae, E. J. Cowley & R. K. Brummit. Flora Zambesiaca 12:3. 2001

    Habit
    Perennial herb with tubers usually produced deep below ground level; tubers clustered, rounded, fleshy, with fibrous roots. Caulescent, with stems solitary, erect, occasionally branched, glabrous, longitudinally ridged; ridges smooth, scabrid or beset with scattered hooked prickles.
    Leaves
    Leaves cauline, many, spirally arranged, sessile, the midrib on the lower surface sometimes scabrid or armed with hooked prickles.
    Flowers
    Flowers few to numerous, solitary on peduncles in axils of cauline leaves, or rarely 2-3 per peduncle, sweetly scented, remaining open for a short time only; peduncles ascending or recurved, smooth, scabrid or beset with hooked prickles, with 1-2 bracts subtending a pedicellate flower.
    Tepal
    Tepals patent or reflexed at first, soon straightening to enclose the ovary, persistent.
    Anthers
    Anthers connivent and ± adhering below the apex, or anthers free; both thecae of an anther opening by a common ± circular pore at the truncate apex, or opening introrsely by an oblique linear-elliptic pore at the apex.
    Ovary
    Ovary 3-locular, semi-superior or superior.
    Fruits
    Capsule globose to oblong, 3-lobed.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2-3 in each cell, ovoid, dark brown, warty, with hairs on the apices of the protuberances.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Walleria J.Kirk appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 24: 497 (1864)

    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 Zambesiaca
    • in F.T.E.A., Tecophilaeaceae: 4-6 (1966).
    • Carter in Kew Bull. 16: 185-186 (1962)
    • Bentham & J.D. Hooker, Gen. Pl. 3: 831 (1883).
    • in Trans. Linn. Soc., London 24: 497 (1864).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • S. Carter in K.B. 16: 185 (1962)
    • in Trans. Linn. Soc. 24: 497 (1864)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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