1. Colchicaceae DC.

    1. This family is accepted.


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

Perrenial herbs, with a tunicated bulb-like or stoloniferous corm
Stem erect or scandent, simple or branched, sometimes almost absent
Leaves basal or cauline, alternate, sometimes opposite and clustered, simple, entire, sessile, often basally sheathing the stem, the leaf apex sometimes ending in a tendril
Inflorescence an umbel, raceme, or spike, or flowers solitary, with or without bracts
Flowers hypogynous, bisexual, regular, sessile or pedicillate
Perianth segments 6, equal, free or basally connate into a tube, sometimes with a basal nectary
Stamens 6; filaments free or inserted at the base of the perianth segments, filiform, sometimes thickened; anthers basifixed or dorsifixed, versatile, usually dehiscing extrorsely by longitudinal slits, sometimes latrorsely to introrsely
Ovary superior, sessile, syncarpous, 3-locular, ovules many, placentation axile; style 1, 3-branched towards the apex, erect or bent at a right angle from the ovary, or styles 3, free, erect or recurved; stigmas 3
Fruit a capsule, septicidal or loculicidal, 3-valved, coriaceous or fleshy; seeds many, (sub)globose, sometimes with a distinct raphe, sometimes red and fleshy


Colchicaceae DC. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Essai Propr. Méd. Pl. 56. 1804 (1804)

Accepted by

  • APG IV (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/boj.12385


Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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