Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae

Alliaceae - Onion family

Kativu, S. (2002) Alliaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 18(1) 72-76

Kativu, S. (2008) Alliaceae FZ 13(1)

Description of the family

Rootstock a bulb or rhizome. Plants sometimes smelling strongly of onion. Flowers in umbels, subtended by a spathe. Perianth segments fused into a tube below, 6-lobed and sometimes with a corona at the mouth of the tube (Tulbaghia). Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Fruit a capsule. Seeds flattened, black, shiny.

Worldwide: 30 genera and 850 species, cosmopolitan, excluding Australia.

Zimbabwe: 2 genera and 7 taxa.

Nothoscordum borbonicum

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

Tulbaghia leucantha

Tulbaghia leucantha

Tulbaghia leucantha

Tulbaghia leucantha

Nothoscordum borbonicum

Nothoscordum borbonicum

Nothoscordum borbonicum

Nothoscordum borbonicum

Nothoscordum borbonicum

Nothoscordum borbonicum

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

GenusContent
Nothoscordum KunthDescription, Image
Tulbaghia L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Alliaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Alliaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Alliaceae
Flora of Zambia: Alliaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Alliaceae
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: Alliaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=6, retrieved 31 October 2014

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