Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Commelinales

Haemodoraceae - Bloodwort family

Bailey, L.H. & Bailey, E.Z. (1976) Hortus Third. A concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada Macmillan Publishing Co, Inc., New York

Byng, J.W. (2014) The Flowering Plants Handbook Plant Gateway Limited, Hertford, UK

Description of the family

Perennial herbs, often with red rhizomes, corms or bulbs and roots. Leaves simple, alternate, linear; margins entire, sheath open. Petioles absent. Inflorescences of cymes, panicles, racemes or corymbs, rarely of solitary flowers; bracts densely hairy. Flowers small, bisexual, actinomorphic, or sometimes zygomorphic, sometimes densely hairy. Perianth with 6 tepals in 1 or 2 series, usually fused, rarely free. Stamens 1 or 2 whorled. Ovary superior, inferior or part inferior; carpels fused. Fruit a 3-valved capsule.

Worldwide: 14 genera and 100 species in tropical and North America, South Africa, Australia and New Guinea

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated genera and 2 cultivated taxa.

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Anigozanthos Labill.
Wachendorfia Burm.Description

Other sources of information about Haemodoraceae:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Haemodoraceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Haemodoraceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Haemodoraceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Haemodoraceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Haemodoraceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Haemodoraceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Haemodoraceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Haemodoraceae
Wikipedia: Haemodoraceae
Plants of the World Online: Haemodoraceae
Tropicos: Haemodoraceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Haemodoraceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=258, retrieved 29 May 2024

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