1. Family: Colchicaceae DC.
    1. Wurmbea Thunb.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Australia, New Zealand.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Plants relatively small, with a tunicated, bulb-like corm; stem erect, lowermost leaf a membranous, sheathing, tubular cataphyll, not protracted into a leaf-blade, followed by a solitary basal leaf and 1–3 cauline leaves, which are basally sheathing the stem
    Leaves
    Leaves linear or linear-filiform, semi-terete, somewhat flattened with a concave or channeled adaxial side, or flattened
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a spike, 1-many flowered
    Flowers
    Flowers stellate to campanulate
    Perianth
    Perianth segments basally united in a short to long tube, spreading; nectary a variously shaped, swollen organ in the lower half of the perianth segments
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at the throat of the perianth tube; filaments filiform; anthers oblong or oblong-ellipsoid, minute, dorsifixed, versatile, dehiscing extrorsely by longitudinal slits
    Pistil
    Ovary ellipsoid, oblong to ovoid, sometimes triangular; styles 3, erect, free, short, subulate to falcate; stigma minute, persistent in fruit
    Fruits
    Capsule oblong, elliptic-oblong, ovoid or obovoid, sometimes slightly triquetrous, septicidal, coriaceous; seeds subglobose, occasionally compressed or slightly angular, with an appendage or minute beak on one side.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Equatorial Guinea, Free State, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, New South Wales, New Zealand South, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tasmania, Uganda, Victoria, Western Australia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Wurmbea Thunb. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Nov. Gen. Pl. 1: 18 (1781)

    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 West Tropical Africa
    • F.T.A. 7: 560.
    • Nov. Gen. 18 (1781)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in Kubitzki, Fam. & Gen. Vasc. Pl. 3: 182 (1998)
    • Nordenstam in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinb. 36(2): 211–233 (1978)
    • in F.T.A. 7: 560 (1898)
    • Baker in J.L.S. 17 (103): 435–437 (1879)
    • Nov. Gen. Pl. 1:18, t. 1 (1781)

    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