Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae

Colchicaceae - Flame lily family

la Croix, I. (2009) Colchicaceae FZ 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: 7 genera and 8 taxa.

Androcymbium striatum

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

Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba

Gloriosa superba

Androcymbium striatum

Androcymbium striatum

Iphigenia oliveri

Iphigenia oliveri

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

GenusContent
Androcymbium Willd.Description, Image
Camptorrhiza Hutch.
Gloriosa L.Description, Image
Iphigenia KunthDescription, Image
Littonia Hook.Description, Image
Ornithoglossum Salisb.Description
Wurmbea Thunb.

Other sources of information about Colchicaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Colchicaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Colchicaceae
Flora of Zambia: 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, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Colchicaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=58, retrieved 1 September 2014

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