Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae

Anthericaceae - Spider-lily family

Kativu, S. (1994) Synopsis of Chlorophytum (Anthericaceae) in the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 15(1) 43-111

Kativu, S., Hoell, G., Bjora, C. S. & Nordal, I. (2008) Anthericaceae FZ 13(1)

Description of the family

Perennial herbs with rhizomes or corms, these whitish inside. Leaves in a basal rosette, linear to lanceolate; outer cataphylls often present. Peduncle usually naked, sometimes with bract-like leaves. Inflorescence paniculate, racemose or spicate. Flowers bisexual, hypogynous, actinomorphic to slightly zygomorphic; perianth segments in 2 whorls of 3 each, white or yellowish-green, often with a greenish, reddish or brownish keel. Stamens 3+3. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds black, ± glossy, without an aril.

Worldwide: 29 genera and 500 species, ± cosmopolitan, but especially the tropics and Australia.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 33 taxa.

Chlorophytum brachystachyum

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

Chlorophytum affine var. curviscapum

Chlorophytum affine var. curviscapum

Chlorophytum colubrinum

Chlorophytum colubrinum

Chlorophytum comosum

Chlorophytum comosum

Chlorophytum polystachys

Chlorophytum polystachys

Chlorophytum galpinii

Chlorophytum galpinii

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

GenusContent
Chlorophytum Ker Gawl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Anthericaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Anthericaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Anthericaceae
Flora of Zambia: Anthericaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Anthericaceae
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: Anthericaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=13, retrieved 22 July 2014

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