Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae

Hypoxidaceae - African potato family

Nordal, I. & Zimudzi, C. (2001) Hypoxidaceae FZ 12(3)

Description of the family

Herbaceous geophytes, with rhizomes (Curculigo) or corms (Hypoxis). Leaves basal, arranged one above another in 3 vertical rows; lamina linear to lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate to ovate, parallel-veined, ± pubescent. Inflorescence racemose, corymbose or with flowers solitary. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, 3-merous, epigynous. Perianth with 6 segments, yellowish on the adaxial side, greenish or purplish-streaked outside. Stamens 6; anthers opening by longitudinal slits. Ovary inferior, 3-locular. Fruit a berry (Curculigo) or a capsule (Hypoxis).

Worldwide: 8 genera and 220 species, southern hemisphere.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 12 taxa.

Hypoxis galpinii

More sample images from the Hypoxidaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Hypoxis angustifolia

Hypoxis angustifolia

Hypoxis angustifolia

Hypoxis angustifolia

Hypoxis angustifolia

Hypoxis angustifolia

Hypoxis galpinii

Hypoxis galpinii

Hypoxis galpinii

Hypoxis galpinii

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

GenusContent
Curculigo Gaertn.Description
Hypoxis L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Hypoxidaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Hypoxidaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Hypoxidaceae
Flora of Zambia: Hypoxidaceae

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Hypoxidaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=107, retrieved 30 September 2014

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