Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Liliales

Colchicaceae - Flame lily family

La Croix, I. (2009) Colchicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Maroyi, A (2002) Colchicaceae in Zimbabwe Kirkia 18(1) 1-10

Description of the family

Rootstock a corm, rarely a tuber. Leaves few and mainly basal or borne on leafy, sometimes branched, stems. Flowers solitary or in racemes, actinomorphic, bisexual. Perianth in two whorls of 3, connate at the base or free. Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Fruit usually a septicidal capsule. Seeds glabrous.

Worldwide: 15 genera and 165 species, Australia and S Africa to Western Europe and Western Asia.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated genera and 2 cultivated taxa.

Littonia modesta

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Gloriosa L.Description, Image
Littonia Hook.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Colchicaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Colchicaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Colchicaceae
Flora of Malawi: Colchicaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Colchicaceae
Flora of Zambia: Colchicaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Colchicaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Colchicaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Colchicaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=58, retrieved 30 July 2016

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