Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Pandanales


Gonçalves, A.E. (2009) Velloziaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Smith, L.B. & Ayensu, E.S. (1974) Kew Bulletin 29 181-205

Description of the family

Herbs or shrubby perennials; stems woody-fibrous, black or dark brown, bearing overlapping persistent leaf bases. Leaves with parallel folds or rolled in the dry season, either basal or clustered at the ends of the branches. Inflorescences terminal, with 1-few flowers in clusters. Flowers bisexual. Corolla blue, dark purple, white or yellow, with 6 free or united segments arranged in 2 whorls. Stamens 6, anthers linear. Ovary inferior, usually covered in outgrowths (trichomes), 3-locular with many ovules in each loculus; style simple. Fruit a dry, hard capsule. Seeds wrinkled, black.

Worldwide: 8 genera and 288 species, South America, Africa, Madagascar and South Arabia.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 15 taxa.

Xerophyta humilis

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Xerophyta Juss.Description, Image

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Velloziaceae
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Wikipedia: Velloziaceae

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Velloziaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=230, retrieved 27 October 2021

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