Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae

Asphodelaceae - Asphodel family

Kativu, S. (2001) Asphodelaceae FZ 12(3)

Description of the family

Perennial herbs with rhizomes; these yellow inside. Roots fibrous, sometimes swollen, occasionally with tubers. Leaves in a basal rosette, rarely on a short woody stem, the plants occasionally flowering before the leaves. Peduncle mostly naked, occasionally with a few bracts below the inflorescence. Inflorescence simple or paniculate. Flowers subtended by a single bract. Flowers bisexual, hypogynous, actinomorphic; perianth segments in 2 whorls of 3, white, greenish- or yellowish-white, pink yellow or red. Stamens also in 2 whorls of 3. Ovary 3-locular. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds brown or greyish-black, dull, enveloped by a thin aril.

Worldwide: 17 genera and 750 species, Europe to C Asia and Africa especially S Africa.

Zimbabwe: 4 genera and 10 taxa.

Kniphofia linearifolia

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

Bulbine abyssinica

Bulbine abyssinica

Kniphofia linearifolia

Kniphofia linearifolia

Kniphofia linearifolia

Kniphofia linearifolia

Kniphofia linearifolia

Kniphofia linearifolia

Kniphofia splendida

Kniphofia splendida

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

GenusContent
Bulbine WolfDescription, Image
Jodrellia BaijnathDescription
Kniphofia MoenchDescription, Image
Trachyandra KunthDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Asphodelaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Asphodelaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Asphodelaceae
Flora of Zambia: Asphodelaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Asphodelaceae
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: Asphodelaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=24, retrieved 26 October 2014

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