972.000 Wurmbea Thunb.

Description of the genus

Plants relatively small, with a tunicated, bulb-like corm; stem erect, lowermost leaf a membranous, sheathing, tubular cataphyll, not protracted into a leaf-blade, followed by a solitary basal leaf and 1–3 cauline leaves, which are basally sheathing the stem. Leaves linear or linear-filiform, semi-terete, somewhat flattened with a concave or channeled adaxial side, or flattened. Inflorescence a spike, 1-many flowered. Flowers stellate to campanulate. Perianth segments basally united in a tube, spreading; nectary a variously shaped, swollen organ in the lower half of the perianth segments. Ovary ellipsoid, oblong to ovoid, sometimes triangular. Capsule oblong, elliptic-oblong, ovoid or obovoid, septicidal, coriaceous; seeds subglobose, occasionally compressed or slightly angular, with an appendage or minute beak on one side.

Worldwide: 40 species in Africa (mainly the Cape) and Australia.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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angustifolia B. Nord.E

Other sources of information about Wurmbea:

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Flora of Malawi: Wurmbea
Flora of Mozambique: Wurmbea
Flora of Zambia: Wurmbea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Wurmbea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Wurmbea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Wurmbea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Wurmbea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Wurmbea
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Wurmbea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Wurmbea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=329, retrieved 27 April 2017

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